Night Scented Stock is a flower which you can grow direct into your garden for mid to late summer flowering. I purchased my last pack of seeds from Aldi but seed packets are widely available with Suttons being a popular brand which are usually available online at Amazon.co.uk.
The seeds can be sown from mid March until mid June and will flower from mid June through to the end of Spetember or early October if the weather is milder. To ensure that there is a constant presence and blooming of these flowers successive sowings are a good idea a couple of weeks before sowing the next batch.
Germination takes 10-14 days and the seeds should be placed in raked, moist, warm, weed-free soil and covered lightly with compost. I tend to find that not all the seeds I plant will grow but enough of them do to create an impact on the garden.
These flowers are a shade of lilac with tufty leaves. Their height is around 12 inches tall. They are quite pretty but not particularly visually striking or a part of the garden you are immediately drawn to. In fact their best feature is their fragrance. Despite being quite a small flower these are incredibly strongly scented. The scent is rather like lilies and is pervades the air during summer evenings. It's very calming and alluring.
I love to experiment with planting different flowers in my garden and this is one I was really pleased with so I intend to plant them again in the future. I would definitely recommend to other gardeners.
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