Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William)
Ah, Sweet William. No one is quite certain who the William was that this lovely, scented "pink" is named for, but this plant has been known in England since at least 1573. I remember it in my grandmother's garden (though not in 1573), and whenever I smell its spicy perfume, I am transported there. Although Dianthus barbatus is considered a biennial or short-lived perennial (it will often reseed, however), it is worth having in your garden in every way: the splash of color it adds to borders, the clove scent, the wide array of colors it comes in, the ease in growing, and the cut flowers it provides. Dianthus barbatus grows to about 12 inches in full sun. Zones 5-9. Quarts.