PLANT OF THE WEEK

SWEET WIL­LIAM ‘DIANTHUS BARBATUS’

Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR GARDEN -

SWEET WIL­LIAM is a clas­sic cot­tage gar­den plant – full of colour, charm and scent.

It makes a lovely cut flower and will pro­vide nec­tar for the bees and but­ter­flies.

It’s a short-lived peren­nial but usu­ally treated as bi­en­nial, and now is the right time to be sow­ing the seeds.

Like other bi­en­ni­als, such as fox­gloves, once you get them es­tab­lished in the gar­den, they will self-seed hap­pily and pop up in un­ex­pected places. They are avail­able in a va­ri­ety of colours, of­ten reds and pinks and many bi-colours as well.

The Duchess of Cam­bridge in­cluded a Sweet Wil­liam in her bridal bou­quet... aah!

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