Wallflowers are one of the most highly scented of garden plants, which are often overlooked, perhaps because of their association with cottage gardens. Wallflowers are available in a host of lovely shades of reds, orange, russet, pinks, apricot, purple and in both subtle shades, and strong colours, see images above. The stunning feature of Wallflowers is their amazing scent present throughout their long flowering period from spring to early summer.
Wallflowers are easy to grow and need little more than a sunny spot and well-drained soil. They are not fussy about soil types and will grow on very average soil. There are both perennial and biennial varieties, and it is the biennial variety which has the best scent, illustrated in the top three images. The biennial varieties can be treated as bedding and, once flowering has finished, put in the compost, although sometimes they are good for another year. The strong red varieties, such as 'Constant Cheer' look great as a contrasting plant combination with lime green Euphorbia.
Wallflowers are suitable for coastal gardens for advice on plants suitable for gardening by the sea side
Ideas for other spring and summer flowering scented plants.