It’s old-fashioned, a bit quaint but the wallflower produces a wonderful scent at this time of year. The Elizabethans loved this plant and regularly used them in posies to mask the smells of daily, urban life when they ventured outside. The name cheiranthus is thought to come from the Greek for hand (cheir) and flower (anthos), suggesting their use as a fragrant bouquet. They were also a favourite in Victorian borders. In the Frameyard, where they’re now blooming plentifully, their bright colours signal the arrival of Spring.
Ann’s choice – Euryops pectinatus, Erysimum “Bowles Mauve”, Coronilla valentina
If you are starting a new garden and need something to create impact quickly the following plants are wonderful. They make great fillers too for a newly planted shrub or mixed border.