How and when to sow wallflowers - the perfect companion to springtime tulips

A bee forages on ‘Sunset Purple’
The scent and stained-glass shades of wallflowers make them the ideal partner for spring tulips – so start sowing now. Pictured: A bee forages on ‘Sunset Purple’ Credit: Arthur Parkinson

In the ranks of flowers for spring, the biennial wallflower, Erysimum cheiri, often seems to be left on the back seat. This is despite being the most lavishly perfumed flower of the season. A native of Greece, but grown in Britain since the Middle Ages, these biennials should be treated with the same level of passion as sweet peas, and grown for the same reason: scent.

In terms of fragrance, few flowers can rival a bunch of wallflowers and growing them means that you can pick bunch after bunch to nosedive into come April and May.

Recent breeding has produced new strains with improved vigour, such as the Sunset F1 hybrid series, so it is high time that wallflowers once again filled our homes and...

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