These packets are produced in association with the National Trust
Compact dwarf variety
Perfect for carpeting beds and borders
Loved by pollinating insects
Don't forget to check out ourEdible Flowers Guide
Height Up to 15cm (6in)
Spread Up to 30cm (12in)
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This versatile Sweet William is generally grown as a biennial or short-lived perennial to create a carpet of summer flowers in the following year. However, it can be grown as an annual from an early sowing, producing flowers in just 10 weeks!
Dianthus barbatus 'Indian Carpet' is a low growing, well branched variety which is sweetly fragrant, with a fabulous colour mix. Like all Sweet Williams, it is loved by pollinating insects. Perfect for cottage garden borders or filling beds and containers. It makes and excellent cut flower for a vase indoors. Height: 15cm (6"). Spread: 30cm (12").
Culinary note: Use the clove like tasting petals for adding to cakes, either for flavour or decorating, suitable for soups, salads and sauces too. For more details about edible flowers click here.
1 packet (400 dianthus seeds) (KA7451)
Sow Sweet William seeds indoors or under glass from January to February as a late flowering annual, or from June to July for flowering the following the spring. Sow on the surface of a good quality seed compost and gently firm down. Place the seed tray in a propagator at a temperature of 15-20C (59-68F) or seal inside a clear polythene bag until germination which takes 10 - 14 days. Keep the compost damp but not wet and do not exclude light.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3") pots and grow Sweet William plants on in cooler conditions. When all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting outdoors after all risk of frost has passed. Plant Sweet Williams at a distance of 30cm (12") apart on any fertile, well drained soil in full sun.
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