Do you have memories of your Grandmother's garden? The two flowers that I remember from my Grandma's garden are Sweet Williams and Iris. She didn't have a huge garden...just beds bordering the house. The yard was not very big. I remember Sweet Williams because of their beautiful colors. All shades of pink and red. When I married Joe, he said that his favorite in the garden was Sweet William too. He also loves Marigolds. There was a small patch of these flowers in the front garden. As the years have gone by....slowly my other flowers crowded out the Sweet Williams. Last year I planted a new patch of them. This year they are blooming. If I leave them alone...they will self seed. I have to remember to keep some of my garden bullies away from this cottage garden sweet flower, so they come back again and again. I planted lots of wildflower seeds in the woods....now we have Wild Sweet Williams back there. It is a spot of bright color in the shady woods.
Sweet-William (Dianthus barbatum) is a short-lived perennial or biennial that was introduced from Europe in the late 18th century. It is a member of the Pink family, and characterized by a compact mound of clustered Phlox-like single or double flowers with toothed or fringed petals. Old varieties of Sweet-William were known for their fragrance, but only a few of this type are available today. A wildflower known as Wild Sweet William is actually from the Phlox genus, Phlox maculatum.