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Hesperis matronalis - Kew Pollination CollectionSweet Rocket

Hardy Biennial

What is Hardy Biennial?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle in two years, growing in
the first year and reproducing and dying in the second. Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

These packets are produced in association with Kew Gardens

Loved by pollinating insects

Ideal for growing in large natural drifts

Fulfilled and sold by Thompson & Morgan

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Height Up to 90cm (36in)
Spread Up to 45cm (18in)

Hardy Biennial

cottage gardenswildlife gardenscut flower garden

full sunsun or semi shade

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Sowing Months Flowering Months

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Description

The Kew Pollinators range of seeds from Thompson and Morgan has been specially created alongside the experts at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to attract and support a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies and beetles, as well as a number of other important pollinating insects. Helping these pollinators to thrive is hugely important for our eco-system as a whole and these seeds, in their striking packaging inspired by artwork from the Kew archives, will help to create the environment which they need to thrive, with varieties chosen to help a wide range of pollinating insects, including some night flowering plants to help moths which also play an important part in our gardens.

This traditional cottage garden biennial is at its best when grown en masse in sunny herbaceous borders. Its mauve pink flowers and sweet fragrance make it irresistible to gardeners and pollinating insects alike! Once established, Hesperis will seed freely to create meandering, perfumed drifts. Sweet Rocket, as it is commonly known, has a naturally informal feel that lends itself beautifully to cottage gardens and wildlife areas. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 45cm (18").


Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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1 packet (500 hesperis seeds) (KB7565)

Sowing

Direct sow Hesperis from May to July in a spare nursery bed, for transplanting into their final positions in autumn. Choose a site in sun or semi-shade on fertile, well-drained soil. Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing 1cm (½") deep, in rows 30cm (12") apart. Germination takes 14-21 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin out plants to 30cm (12") apart. Plants can be transplanted to their final positions in autumn.

Alternatively mix the seed with another annual wild flower and scatter thinly when sowing your wild flower border or meadow. Thin out as necessary.

More Info
After flowering, leave the faded Hesperis flowers in place set seed, and it will quickly form large swathes throughout borders.
Delivery

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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