'Auricula-eyed' Sweet William
Sweet William is a popular member of the dianthus family and a widely grown sweet scented ornamental flower. The beautiful edible flowers have a white base, with the petals ranging in colour from dark red to purple and pink.
Average height: 25 cm
Aspect: Full sun or will tolerate partial shade.
Soil type: Most soil conditions.
Sowing period: Under glass from February to July
First signs of blossom: 6 - 8 weeks
Average flowering period: 2 - 3 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds
As well as growing in containers, sweet Williams will grow well in floral borders. Try planting in groups for maximum colour impact. They will also make a colourful and beneficial addition to the vegetable garden, encouraging pollinating insects.
You can harvest flowers as soon as they appear. The best time to pick the flowers is in the morning when they are fully open.