Wallflowers (Erysimum) are loved for their floriferous nature and ability to add an admirable aesthetic to any garden design. They also offer a delightfully fresh scent which is most welcome when they burst onto the scene in spring. They were the height of fashion in the 20th century, but have become less commonplace in recent years with fewer varieties available, however, those that are, remain well worth investing in.
Many wallflowers are biennial which mean they are grown one year for flowering the next. Suttons offer many wallflower plants for sale in a variety of colours such as 'Sugar Rush Orange' is a delightful recent introduction which can flower in both spring and autumn with its copper and yellow petals branching out to fill any space with pride.
Partner with 'Sugar Rush Yellow' for a similar kick of colour in deep strong yellow. These wallflowers look good when planted amongst tulips or daffodils in similar colours for a sensationally sunshiny start to the year.
Happiest in a sunny spot, they are very tolerant of poor soils and so suitable for any gardens. Nectar rich, they are also a fabulous plant to pick when gardening with wildlife in mind. Relatively low growing, they are best suited to planting near the front of a border.
Perhaps the best-known wallflower is the taller perennial Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'. This woody evergreen is a favourite of many who admire its masses of 4 petalled purple blooms with the dearest of scents.
It will flower from early spring until autumn and is perfect dotted around herbaceous borders. This plant is ideal for achieving that cottage garden feel and so popular it is, that it was shortlisted for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Century for the decade 1973-1982. Be sure to trim back lightly after flowering to prevent the plant becoming too leggy over time. A bushy plant that will easily fill space with its frothy purple racemes.
When To Plant Wallflowers?
It’s best to plant out your bedding wallflowers in September or October. Leaving about 30cm between at wallflower plant.
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