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Sweet William Plant

Sweet William Plant

Sweet William Plant

Easy to grow when provided with filtered sun and rich, well-drained soil. The plants readily self-seed each year under optimal growing conditions, so you will likely have a fresh batch of beautiful flowers to admire every summer. Space Sweet Williams about eight inches apart as bedding plants to allow for the dense foliage that appears during the first year.Somewhere in the United States, a flower is growing. This plant is called the Sweet William, but its name will depend on which region it is found in. Many people likely walk past it every day, but few know anything about its history or purpose. Sweet William was originally introduced in England in 1809, and seemed to be a favorite in European gardens until it fell out of favor in the 20th century. Some consider Sweet William a New World plant that was introduced to America.

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With their small clusters of flowers, Sweet Williams offer a splash of color right through the summer. Under the correct conditions, these biennials can bloom from May through to October in their flowering year. Their bright range of colors includes reds, pinks, whites, purples, and variegates. Some flowers are fragrant, but many cultivars are scentless. Their fringed and bearded petals are what give them their alternative "bearded pink" name.sweet William, (Dianthus barbatus), also called bunch pink or bearded pink, garden plant in the pink family (Caryophyllaceae), grown for its clusters of small bright-coloured flowers. It is usually treated as a biennial, seed sown the first year producing flowering plants the second year. The plant, growing to a height of 60 cm (2 feet), produces numerous flowers—white, pink, rose to violet, or sometimes bicoloured—with fringed petals. It is used in the floral industry for its cut flowers. See also Dianthus.

Sweet Williams is a family of dianthus. It thrives in loamy, slightly alkaline soil with sun to partial shade. Propagation is by seed, cuttings, or division, but seeds of cultivars will not breed true. If it is planted from seed after the last frost, it will flower in the second year. If it is planted in flats before the last frost and then transplanted, it may flower in the first year. Some gardeners recommend deadheading to encourage further flowering. The plant is self-seeding.Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William) is a biennial or short-lived perennial prized for its densely packed, flattened clusters of small flowers from late spring to the first frosts. Flowers may be single or double and come in a wide array of colors from white to dark red, often in bicolor combinations, sometimes with a contrasting eye and fringed petals. The vivid blossoms rise on stiff, erect stems above prostrate rosettes of wide, lance-shaped, pale to dark green leaves. No cottage garden would be without this old favorite, but it has a place in every garden. (Source: www.gardenia.net)

 

 

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