Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
DIANTHUS barbatus 'Sooty'
Sooty Sweet William, Sweet William
The deep, dark maroon flowers of sweet william ‘Sooty’ add a striking note of depth to the summer garden. Its dense clusters of single, fringed, disk-like blossoms appear from late spring through midsummer. They rise on sturdy stems rise amid clumps of flat, lance shaped, dark green foliage which bears tints of burgundy. The colorful, lightly scented blooms may be visited by bees and butterflies.
Originally native to southern Europe, sweet william is a short-lived perennial which is commonly treated as an annual or biennial. Typically blooming in the second season from sowing, this old fashioned favorite reseeds readily to form charming colonies, ensuring its long-lived presence in the garden. New seedlings tend to "pop up" surprisingly in nooks and crannies of the garden, and sometimes result in different, uniquely colored flowers.
Plant sweet william in full to part sun and average, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, providing more shade in areas with very hot summers. Prompt removal of spent flower stems encourages heavier reblooming, however, they should be allowed to self-sow if new plants are desired. This cottage garden classic is at home in casual, well-drained beds and borders, and makes an effective and long-lasting cut flower.
8 - 1
3 - 9
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall
Dark Red, Chocolate
Dark Green, Dark Red
Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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