Sweet Williams

Dianthus barbatus

Also known as Sweet Williams

These hardy little flowers, originally from the Pyrenese, love my rockery!

Well-drained alkaline soil and lots of sunshine allow them to thrive.

They self-seed, and established seedlings survive the winter surprisingly well.

There were originally only three or four colours, given to me by a neighbour…

This year I counted 13 different colours and variegated patterns of my Sweet Williams!

(And I may have missed one or two!)

They flower in profusion in June, and some produce more flowers throughout the summer…

…filling the gaps the poppies leave behind when cut back.

Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention that they smell wonderful… I must cut some to put in a vase this week!