Hesperis – Sweet Rocket, Damask Violet, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Hesperis – Sweet Rocket, Damask Violet

Rocket is one of our most fragrant flowers which grows
almost wild, as it has escaped from the gardens. Hesperis
has white, flesh or lavender-colored
flowers which grow in large clusters. The plants are
about 3 feet high and are bushy. All of the flowers
are very sweet scented and this is especially noticed
in the evening. They bloom from June through September.

They are used in the border where they bloom earlier
than Phlox, which they somewhat resemble. The flowers
are used for cutting. The Magenta colored sorts are
trying to combine with other flowers, so that the white
variety is the one to grow.

They thrive in either sun or partial shade in any good
garden soil. Closely related to the Cabbage, they are
sometimes affected with the Cabbage worm, in which case,
they should be sprayed with arsenate of lead.

They are grown from seeds and readily self-sow.

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