HESPERIS MATRONALIS MIX
This packet is a mix of pink and white forms of Dame's Rocket or Sweet Rocket and is likely to produce flowers varying in colour from deep rich purple, through all the paler lilac shades to white. If you leave them to seed themselves they will maintain this diversity indefinitely, gradually naturalising over a large area. The fragrance is as sweet as a violet's, and most pronounced in the evening (the night-scented stock is a close relative). A perfect cottage garden plant, it is very attractive to wildlife being host to the caterpillars of several butterfly species, including the Orange tip and Small White butterfly.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.