Sweet Williams - or as we say in French, the 'poet's little eyes' - have always been my favourites for their lovely scent and generous flowers which make beautiful bouquets.
I came across this very particular variety of Dianthus barbatus in the spring of 2005 (!) when going through my seed catalogues: coppery-black flowers on purple-black foliage with metallic highlights.
Such an unusual variety was bound to please me and, I hope, you will like it, too!
In the garden we like to combine Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty' with other dark foliage plants: Ophiopogon 'Black Dragon', Trifolium repens 'Purpurascens', Sedum 'Black Beauty', Sedum 'Purple Emperor', Sedum fabarium, Lysimachia ciliata Fire Cracker Ligularia dentata 'Britt Marie Crawford', Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'... The beginnings of a black garden...
This short-lived perennial Sweet William likes to grow in the sun or light shade in good garden soil. You can take cuttings and divide the clumps. The pleasure of giving.
Synonymous: Dianthus barbatus 'Nigrescens'
- 12 cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 10 to 30cm
- Plant spacing: 30 cm
- Flower colour: purple
- Flowering period: spring flowers
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