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Sweet William is a short-lived perennial or biennial. Charming plants, they are extremely valuable in a cottage border. After flowering, the attractive foliage holds the space well.

Fragrant sweet william grows best in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Reaching a height of three feet, it is hardy in Zones 3-9, and produces lovely flowers in shades of pink, red, purple, and white. Sweet william blooms in spring and summer, and requires little maintenance. This perennial prefers full sun, and will regularly self-seed.

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Sweet William Phlox feature full, pastel-pink flowers, which bleed into a purple-pink around the throat. You can expect these Pink Phlox to smell divine, especially at night, as they have a rich, sweet fragrance sure to perfume a garden. These Pink Phlox can also help to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden, landscape, or home.

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This plant can also be used in recipes for cakes and desserts, and the flowers can also be used to garnish drinks. This plant’s flowers are edible and have a very mild flavor to them when eaten.

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Dianthus Barbatus or Sweet William plant is a species of carnation flower that has blossomed into a universally popular garden variety flower. Sporting the traditional velvety layered blossoms, Sweet William boasts an array of color variations among reds, pinks, purples, magentas, violets, and white.

The flower, historically symbolizing gallantry is versatile for a colorful garden and can be in a mass flower bed of like plants, an accent to larger pieces, or even stand alone for a pop of color.

Sweet Williams versatility can be attributed to its blooms that last from mid-spring to the first frost and typically grown as an annual, but it ideal conditions for zones three through nine can be grown as biennial or perennial.

This plant is capable of growing 12-24 inches tall and about 6 to 12 inches wide.

The soil should be moist and fertile with adequate drainage and mulch to retain moisture and avoid rot. Sweet William should be in full sun or partial shade. Pruning flower blossoms after they die will help ensure health and longevity of the plant and fullness of the blooms.

For bright, bold flowers and pollinator attraction, Sweet William is an excellent relatively low maintenance choice.

Dianthus, Sweet William

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown – Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Under 1″

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Jones, Alabama

Opelika, Alabama

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Concord, California

Corning, California

Eureka, California

Fortuna, California

Grass Valley, California

Hesperia, California

Magalia, California

Ripon, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

Vacaville, California

Aurora, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Manchester, Connecticut

Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut

Winsted, Connecticut

Keystone Heights, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Harlem, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Monroe, Georgia

Newnan, Georgia

Villa Rica, Georgia

Rathdrum, Idaho

Elgin, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

South Beloit, Illinois

Windsor, Illinois

Elizabethtown, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Hays, Kansas

Lansing, Kansas

Ewing, Kentucky

Flemingsburg, Kentucky

Westbrook, Maine

Dundalk, Maryland

Ellicott City, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland

Silver Spring, Maryland

Billerica, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Cotuit, Massachusetts

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Blissfield, Michigan

Galesburg, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota(3 reports)

Florence, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Maryland Heights, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Polson, Montana

Otoe, Nebraska

Greenville, New Hampshire

Groveton, New Hampshire

Hudson, New Hampshire

Metuchen, New Jersey

Plainfield, New Jersey

Angel Fire, New Mexico

Cicero, New York

Hannibal, New York

Ithaca, New York

Nunda, New York

Warwick, New York

Clemmons, North Carolina

Grassy Creek, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Salisbury, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Crary, North Dakota

Ashville, Ohio

Bucyrus, Ohio

Columbia Station, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Loudonville, Ohio

Mineral City, Ohio

Oak Harbor, Ohio

Painesville, Ohio

Westerville, Ohio

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Spencer, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Mill City, Oregon

Portland, Oregon(7 reports)

Stayton, Oregon

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Old Forge, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Chapin, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Mullins, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Piedmont, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina(2 reports)

Sumter, South Carolina

Winnsboro, South Carolina

Pierre, South Dakota

Cookeville, Tennessee

Fairview, Tennessee

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Lebanon, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Belton, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Lindale, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Monroe, Utah

Ogden, Utah

Tremonton, Utah

West Dummerston, Vermont

Chesapeake, Virginia

Mechanicsville, Virginia

Unionville, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Cashmere, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

Bayfield, Wisconsin

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Medford, Wisconsin

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Dianthus Seeds – Dianthus Barbatus Sweet William Wild Flower Seed

Flower Specifications

Approximate seeds per pound: 420,000

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3 – 9

Height: 18 – 24 inches

Bloom Season: Spring and summer

Bloom Color: Mix

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.0 – 7.2

Deer Resistant: Yes

Planting Directions

Temperature: 60 – 70F

Average Germ Time: 14 – 30 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: 1/16 inch

Sowing Rate: 2 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 6 pounds per acre

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 inches

Care & Maintenance: Dianthus

Sweet William Mix (Dianthus Barbatus) – There is no disappointment with this wild flower seed! It is winter hardy to USDA Zones 3-9. This Dianthus Sweet William mix is a short-lived perennial wild flower seed that is perhaps best grown as a biennial. Many of the new cultivars will bloom the first year from wild flower seed when the seed is started early enough. Sweet William flowers are grown best in deep, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun, but generally appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates such as the South. In optimum growing conditions it will re-seed each year and remain in the garden for many years as if it were a long-lived perennial. Prompt deadheading of spent flowers (shear back large plantings) promotes perennial tendencies. Sow the flower seeds directly in the garden in prepared soil after danger of frost has passed.

Shake ‘n Seed – We are now offering shaker bottles filled with our seed starting matrix: rich soil, gardening sand, water absorbing crystals, and starter fertilizer. This not only helps dispense your seed, but it gets it off to a great start! Simply remove lid from shaker bottle, add seed from packet, put back on lid, shake the bottle vigorously for 15 seconds, and then shake your way to beautiful new plants! Use Shake ‘n Seed over good quality soil, and then gently water to keep seed moist until it sprouts. Great for ground covers or mass planting flower seeds.

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Since early May, I’ve been able to cut a small bouquet of sweet William about every two weeks. This is a plant I don’t grow very often because it does not like hot summers.

Two of the Dash series sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) from Ball Seed came as trial plants early this spring. I potted up Dash Crimson and Dash Magician in a container and hoped for the best. Unlike a lot of times with trial plants, the best happened.

A 2014 introduction in the series is Dash Magician. Its flowers open white but age to various pinks. I have it planted with Dash Crimson, a deep blue-red.

Mildly fragrant, this sweet William gets about 15 inches tall, and unlike a lot of dianthus, the stems are able to hold the flowers upright. Dianthus, which includes carnation, generally has weak stems.

There are several types of dianthus, which means flower of the gods. The perennials include carnations and Cheddar pinks, such as Bath’s Pink and the 2006 Perennial Plant of the Year, Firewitch. Annuals include China pinks, such All-America Selections as Corona Cherry, Melody Pink and Supra Purple.

Then there is the biennial sweet William. Biennial seed germinates the first year to form a rosette, a cluster of leaves close to the ground. These rosettes are what bloom in the second year. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) is another example of a biennial.

A distinct advantage of the two from the Dash series is their long-flowering period. Usually by this time in a normal summer, the sweet Williams would be done, possibly returning a little later along with cooler temperatures.

Dianthus does best in full sun and well-drained soil. The incredibly fragrant, perennial Cheddar pinks are evergreen, holding on to their blue-green foliage all winter. These are tough plants. So tough you can walk on them.

Because the annual dianthus is very cold-tolerant, it is not uncommon for it to winter over. This is not 100 percent reliable, so don’t plan your color scheme around this happening. Most of these annuals are sold as bedding plants, so they are inexpensive to replace.

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp (hoosiergardener.com) is secretary of Garden Writers Association and co-author of “The Indiana Gardener’s Guide.” Write to her at P.O. Box 20310, Indianapolis, IN 46220-0310, or email [email protected]

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How to Grow Sweet Williams in your Cottage Garden, tough and reliable for years of beautiful blooms.

How to grow Sweet Williams is for those who want to add a tough but sweet smelling cottage flower to their garden. One of those easy flowers that grows in many zones.

I try to make gardening easier thus more enjoyable.
Not only do I try to take much of the arduous work out of it, I share plenty of flowers that are easy to grow and are perfect for your Cottage Garden.

Many traditional cottage garden flowers are sweetly scented. I have an entire post dedicated to flowers to grow for a scented garden as well so pop on over there later.

Sweet Williams are a great biennial addition for Spring to Summer bloom with plenty of perfume.
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I have a downloadable cheat sheet for growing Sweet Williams in my Resource Library. Just fill out the form included lower down in this post.


They grow in various shades of red, pink, purple and white. Some can have a variety of colors on one plants, which is fun too.

Here is a great mix to try Dianthus Sweet William Mix, lots of colors and plenty of seed.

This one was a happy accident of many colors cross pollinating in my garden and producing this gorgeous multi-colored specimen.

Easy to Grow from Seed

The beauty is they readily self seed. If I want them in another area of the garden, I just pluck the seeds from a plant and scatter them in their new spot, then I press them in with my foot. I don’t add a cover of soil, just a firm step on them to make sure there is good contact with the soil.
They like loose, rich soil that drains well so don’t press them in too firmly.

The photo below is a bunch of Sweet Williams by my Asiatic Lilies blooming away (the pink and fuchsia colored flowers behind the orange lilies).
They get to about 7 to 18 inches tall depending on variety and where they are planted.

I have always grown mine from seed or transplanted seedlings from one spot in the garden to another but you can also propagate by cuttings or root divisions.

Sun to Light Shade

They like full sun but will tolerate light shade.
I typically plant seeds directly in the garden in the Fall but these are a great option for Winter Sowing.
Here is my winter sowing set up this year so far, I am still adding more as I get containers…

You can also start them indoors, .

Great for Containers

They do well in pots and can bring a spot of Spring color to many spaces. These two were volunteers in a potted rose this past summer.

Want access to the How to Grow Sweet Williams cheat sheet?

If you are already a subscriber then you have the password attached at the end of your latest email from me.

A variety I am trying out this season are the Sweet Williams Double Blend and their heirloom cousins Cottage Pinks.
What makes gardening so easy for me is I tend to favor flowers and plants that thrive in my area. I give them what they need and let them go.

For a more info on how I garden visit my Lazy Gal Garden Guide posts.

Want more easy Cottage Garden favorites to try, these are some I grow successfully:
How to Grow Black Eyed Susans
How to Grow Daisies
How to Grow Hollyhocks
Plant a Garden for Scent

Happy Gardening!

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Sweet William Plants – Dianthus Barbatus. The Sweet William Plants is a biennial plant that will bloom once it reaches two years old. There are perennial versions of the same plant. The two to three-centimeter flowers will be a variety of colors from white and yellow to red and purple. There are some various versions of the Sweet William Plants. Wild versions of the plant have flower bases that are white with red tips. The flowers will attract bees, birds, and many species of butterflies. These plants can get as high as two feet tall and are often planted in the spring with an eighth of an inch of dirt.

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Sweet Williams is a delightfully sweet smelling flower, perfect for ornamental flower gardens. The flowers grow in dense clusters at the top of the stem and contain up to 30 blossoms. Each flower has five serrated edged petals and expands to a diameter of about an inch. The flowers range in color from white, pink, red, and purple; coming in a variety of patterns. The beautiful smell and colorful petals will attract bees, birds, and butterflies. Sweet Williams is terrific for borders or rock gardens. They will thrive in slightly alkalizing soil with the sun to partial shade. Because of the height and smell of the flowers, it is perfect for floral arrangements.

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This plant doesn’t grow well in moist tropical soils. Sweet William’s flowers are sometimes eaten and used as a garnish. Sweet William is disease resistant and pest resistant. Sweet William has no main medicinal uses. Sweet William is not toxic and consumed by livestock. Sweet William is a flower that has many names; Phlox, Louisiana Phlox, and Wild Blue Phlox. But no matter what name you know it by or call it this little flower is sure to be a gorgeous addition to any garden. It has flowers that range from blue, pink and purple and bloom from mid to late spring. This perennial is excellent to use in a border, in a container garden, or rock garden, and they are even more gorgeous when you plant many of them together. The flowers are suitable for cutting and enjoying their beauty and slight fragrance in the home, and they also attract butterflies.

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