Dianthus barbatus ‘Pearl Salmon’
PEARL SALMON SWEET WILLIAMS
Dianthus barbatus ‘Pearl Salmon’ is one of the most delightful and unusually coloured of all the lovely “Sweet Williams”.
Unusually coloured salmon & pearl blooms
‘Pearl Salmon’ bears large heads of flowers, just like other “Sweet Williams”, but when it comes to the colour – it really stands out.
And the name describes the colour perfectly – soft pearly salmon, with occasional pearl-cream petals scattered through the large globe-like heads.
Superb colour and patterning with all the charm of an old-world cottage garden.
Rich and sweet scent
Dianthus barbatus ‘Pearl Salmon’ has the intense, sweet, enchanting scent of the old-fashioned “Sweet Williams”, but with enhanced modern breeding for better and longer blooming.
Superb cut flowers
Dianthus barbatus ‘Pearl Salmon’ has been recently bred as a commercial quality cut flower for flower farm fields; as well as for beautiful home garden display.
No-one can resist that lovely colouring.
Fill vases or garden with colour & scent for ages
‘Pearl Salmon’ will fill vases with long-lasting cut flowers (blooms have a vase life of approximately 2 weeks). And also fill the room with fetching scent.
Or enjoy it as a wonderful garden clump of colour and scent.
The flowers of Dianthus barbatus ‘Salmon Pearl’ are edible.
They have a mild flavour – so use as a colourful garnish for vegetable and fruit salads, cakes, desserts, ice-cream and in cold drinks.
And you can also steep the flowers in soda water in the fridge for a few hours to give the water both flavour and scent.
Bees and our pollinating insect friends are in bliss amongst the nectar and pollen rich flowers.
So Sweet Williams are traditional companion plants for potagers, veggie patches, orchards, and of course picking flower gardens.
Hardy & easy; water-wise & frost hardy
Dianthus barbatus ‘Pearl Salmon’ are very easy going plants in the garden.
Because they are frost hardy and water-wise.
So need only a minimum of additional watering to thrive and produce their best.
‘Pearl Salmon’ enjoys a position in Full Sun, and a scattering of lime on well-drained soil.
Hardy evergreen clump
Dianthus barbatus ‘Pearl Salmon’ is a hardy evergreen perennial clump which will continue to bloom for some years. So it just needs a cut back after flowering to tidy up.
Though if you leave some seed heads uncut to mature – the plants will also happily self seed into the garden.
Should any baby plants sow themselves where you don’t want them – they are easy to weed out.
However because they are so quick and easy to grow from seed, many cut flower farmers treat Dianthus barbatus as a biennial. And sow the seed in the summer so they have mature plants ready to bloom profusely in the following spring.
So from sowing the seed to flower is just 16 weeks.
40cm. High beautiful crowns of flowers all laced and stitched x 45cm Wide of evergreen foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suits beginners & gardening with kids
Sow at any time of year in a punnet indoors, or scatter in the garden in spring and summer for flowers next spring.
Sow indoors for quick & early plants: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then pat the seeds gently to the mix surface.
And barely cover the seeds with sieved mix or fine sandy grit.
Because light is needed for germination.
Now moisten the mix by standing the punnet in a shallow water bath and allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Then drain and place in a warm, well lit position (not in any direct sunlight).
Because temperatures of 18-22C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
Continue to keep moist by misting the surface of the mix from a spray water bottle.
And covering the punnet with a clear plastic lid or bag will help to maintain consistent moisture.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 7-14 days.
Seed Count: 30 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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