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"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.

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William)

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