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, click here to see my method.
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.
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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.