Dianthus barbutus (Nigrescans group) 'Sooty' (p.a)
Black Sweet William
Sweet William has been a garden staple for almost 300 years.
They are intrinsic to the cottage garden look and come in a wide variety of colours.
"Sooty" is our favourite for its deep maroon, almost black flowers and the solid green foliage that matures to a metallic mahogany.
It grows best in deep, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. This is a short-lived perennial that is perhaps best grown as a biennial but it's life can be prolonged by deadheading frequently.
Allow the plant to self sow and you should get a good number of seedlings the following spring.
Photo: © Jelitto
Rich, well drained