Perfect for plugging gaps at the front of borders! These quick and easy hardy annuals make an excellent standby, flowering just 4 weeks from sowing.
Commonly called virginia stock, this colourful mix is a lovely blend of malcolmia maritima seeds in lilac, pink and white shades. This hardy annual boasts a fabulous, rich perfume and makes a great planting partner for night scented stocks (matthiola incana).
These bushy little plants offer excellent value in the garden, flowering over a long period and filling the air with fragrance. For the longest lasting display, sow virginia stock in succession, every few weeks.
Sowing months: March - May
Flowering months: May - September
Direct sow virginia stock seeds outdoors where they are to grow from march to May. Choose a position in full sun on any well drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow seeds thinly, at a depth of 6mm (¼in) in drills spaced 15cm (6”) apart and cover the seed with its own depth of soil to exclude light. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Germination usually takes 14 - 21 days.
When virginia stock seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 15cm (6”) apart.
Position: full sun
Height: up to 30cm (12in)
Spread: up to 20cm (7.9in)
Hardiness & longevity: hardy annual
Ideal for: cottage gardens, alpine & rockery, scented gardens, coastal gardens
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