Day 106: wallflowers

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Erysimum  ‘Winter Sorbet’

Erysimum ‘Winter Sorbet’

Wallflowers are one of the plants I remember from my childhood – rows of deep oranges, yellow and reds along the garden path, and that gorgeous scent that fills the whole garden. Many folk will think of the biennial varieties that you can buy in bundles to plant in autumn, when their damp foliage is distinctly different from the spring flowers (an unmistakable reminder of their cabbage family heritage), but there are perennial varieties, the best known being the ultra-reliable ‘Bowles Mauve’ whose flowers, sadly, have no scent. New hybrids such as the Winter™ series give the best of both worlds with a long season of flowering, fantastic colour and that wonderful wallflower perfume.


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