I think I sowed Hesperis matronalis (aka Sweet Rocket) a few years ago and now this chirpy biennial (or short-lived perennial) luckily self seeds in a wild area in the front garden corner plot. I do remember that Sweet Rocket was all the rage at Chelsea about that time and it must have been this that inspired me to get sowing in the first place. Not only does it look good, but it’s been flowering for weeks and the scent is simultaneously sweet and fresh and provides a heavenly welcome home.
Hesperis matronalis grows to about 3-4 feet in sun or part shade, comes in violet and white, and now is the perfect time to sow for flowering next summer. It’s great for bees, butterflies and moths and although it’s a traditional cottage garden favourite, sits happily amongst thistles, brambles and wild roses in this part of the garden. I love it!