Height 30cm (1ft)
Planting distance 25cm (10in)
Flowers early summer to mid autumn
Site in sun or dappled shade
Mignonette has always been a favourite in the garden for its unforgettable fragrance, which fills the air between early summer and mid autumn, when theare out. To look at, the plants have only modest charm – the leaves resemble those of spinach, and the flower spikes consist of minute yellow-green blooms with tufted brown stamens.
Several varieties have been developed from Reseda odorata. ‘Fragrant Beauty’ has particularly strongly scented lime-green and red tinged flowers on plants 30cm (1ft) high. ‘Machet’ has red-tinged flowers. The plants reach 30cm (1ft) high.
Sow the seeds in fertile well-drained soil – ideally alkaline – in full sun or dappled shade. Just cover them with soil and firm thoroughly. Thin the seedlings to 25cm (10in) apart.
For early-flowering plants, sow the seeds under glass in late winter to early spring at a temperature of 13°C (55°F). Prick out into boxes and harden off, before planting out in late spring in the flowering position.
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