"Sweet William" reminds me of my grandmother's garden when I was a child. I don't recall seeing it growing there, but I was a child and maybe didn't notice it or have long since forgotten. It surely had to be there, though, because every time I smell this flower or see it, I immediately think of her and her lovely garden full of violets and roses. "Sweet William" is a biennial or short-lived perennial, and there are many varieties in a wide array of rich colors, all of which I am growing. Well, maybe not all, but enough, and I will have them listed when the time comes. And so who was Sweet William? We don't know, but he/it first appeared in 1596 in John Gerard's botanical garden catalog. The foliage is grass-like, and the flowers are in clusters, Although sources say it grows from one to two feet tall, I have never had a plant that reached even one foot. Grow in sun or partial sun, and be sure to deadhead to encourage new blooms. Zones 3-9.
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