It''s often the case that Nature has a way of compensating for inadequacies and that seems to be so in both the human, animal and botanical worlds. A prime example of this must certainly be matthiola longipetala, which is the Latin name for the night scented stock. This is one of the most unobtrusive little plants with very little to recommend it in the looks department but what it lacks in appearance, it more than makes up for with its evening perfume because then this sweet little annual really packs a punch. Suttons sell their packets of annual flower seeds for 1.99 GBP providing approximately 1600 seeds which is more than enough to keep the garden delightfully perfumed all summer long. Because these little plants are so unremarkable with their tiny pale pinkish white cruciform flower heads and nondescript sage green foliage and rather untidy growing habit, it''s best to sow them amongst other, more showy plants where they can hide away during the day and release their heady scent during the hours of darkness. Night scented stocks are remarkably easy to grow as all that''s required is a scattering of seed and the occasional drink of water. To ensure the garden is perfumed all summer long, it''s best to sow successionally, say every, week or so until the packet is empty and the best places to sow are under windows and beside doorways and garden seats. This hardy annual thrives on neglect preferring dryish soil which hasn''t been over-fertilised. If you sow the seeds amongst other plants and shrubs, you probably won''t even notice these plants growing until you step outside into your garden on a warm summer''s evening to be greeted by a wonderfully potent scent which is a mixture of the heady sweetness of honeysuckle and jasmine and the clove-like scent of garden pinks. It''s intoxicating and though Nature has designed this to attract night-flying insects for pollination, its appeal most certainly isn''t lost on human nostrils either. Suttons seeds are available in most garden centres and online from their website and also frequently can be found on sale in supermarkets and discount stores where they may sell for considerably less than the recommended 1.99 GBP. I confess that I buy very few packets of hardy annuals these days but I make a point of buying night scented stock seeds every year. For me their perfume is the essential scent of summer evenings.
Pastel coloured blooms giving a delicious evening scent / Height 30cm (12").Culture: Full growing instructions given on packet.Average Growing Height: 21-30CM