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Dianthus Sweet William Hollandia

Dianthus Sweet William Hollandia

Dianthus Sweet William Hollandia 

There are always Sweet Williams in old prints and photos of cottage gardens. It’s a staple that works in any garden theme. This variety will bloom the first year. It’s often listed as a biennial but I have found it to be a true perennial. It just keeps coming back as strong as ever. The blossoms are a rich variety of color, beautifully marked with pink and red, bicolored and white. Dianthus Sweet William appears in clusters at the end of a 2' stem. They are a great long lasting cut flower with a delightful fragrance. Montana State University lists Dianthus as a deer resistant plant.

Dianthus Sweet William Hollandia 

Zone: 5-9
Exposure: Sun
Bloom Time: May and June then sporadically
Height: 24”
Dianthus Sweet William Hollandia Features: Deer Resistant, Attracts Butterflies and hummingbirds, Fragrant, Cut Flower, Perennial

Planting and Growing Dianthus

Make sure your Dianthus “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area in the sun or a little part shade is okay. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot. Clip spent blooms for a continuous flush of flowers!

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