Dianthus barbatus ‘Swan Cottage Mix’
Better known as Sweet William, you can’t beat this ‘Swan Cottage Mix’ for a splash of early summer colour!
Beautifully scented on long strong stems, it’ fills bouquet and vases with colour for more than a week
Filling the blooming gap that follows Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Rocket), 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.
Because plants need to be exposed to cool winter conditions (like Tulips) to initiate flowering I Autumn sow Sweet William in either an unheated greenhouse or cold frame… For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Dianthus barbatus
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.