Dianthus barbatus ‘Giant White’
Better known as Sweet William, you can’t beat this white version for beautifully scented flowers on long strong stems.
I find for me it fills the blooming gap that follows Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Rocket) and Orlaya grandiflora.
Blooms continue to open in the vase giving your kitchen table bunch a long vase life.
Give Sweet William a permanent home and it should come back next year.
How to grow:
Dianthus barbatus needs to be exposed to cool winter conditions (like Tulips) to initiate flowering. Sow Autumn onwards either direct or in modules for flowers the following year. I Autumn sow Sweet William ‘Giant White’ in either an unheated greenhouse or cold frame… For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Dianthus barbatus ‘Giant White’
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Spring or Autumn
Germination: Up to 30 days
Height: 60 cm
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds per packet: 200
Cutting /Vase Life:
Sweet Williams have an exception vase life, cut flowers can last up to 10 days. Re-fresh the water regularly.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.