These stunning, easy-to-grow and extremely rewarding hardy annuals are a favourite of butterflies and me!
They have a rather quick growth rate and produce an abundance of double pincushion flowers that are around 50mm across and sit atop tall, sturdy stalks. They bloom from the middle of summer to the beginning of autumn, adding a touch of sophistication to your border while also providing you with some excellent cut flowers.
This variety is beautiful and dramatic with extremely deep purple flower heads, some of which have exquisite white stigmas that contrast with the dark purple; some of the flowers actually do appear to be black.
Seed Quantity 50 Seeds
Genus Scabious atropurpurea
Sow Seeds Sow March-April or September 3mm deep into well-drained moist seed compost. Keep at 15-18 degrees whilst germinating which can take 14+ days. Transplant into 8cm pots when large enough to handle and grow on.
Plant Out For autumn sowings keep the seedlings in an unheated greenhouse to over winter and plant out the following spring
Height & Spread 90cm high x 45cm spread
RHS Plants for Pollinators.
The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects.
My second purchase x again prompt delivery and lovely packaging x would highly recommend for gifts x my first box was autumn down and every pack of seeds I tried had germinated x very pleased will shop again
Great germination, healthy plants, wrapped up in inspiration and kindness 💛
Mel supplies the highest quality seed and I always get such great results. But what completes it - and keeps me coming back - is her enthusiasm and engagement with soooooo many of her customers and insta following. She genuinely cares, and is a fount of knowledge. She is a creator of the best kind - her products reflect that 💛
Wow what an absolute delight this company is. Their customer service is superb - they kindly arranged for me to order this box and hold back delivery until we knew the actual moving in date. And it arrived not only on time but full of love with beautiful planet friendly packaging. How many gifts can be buy where there is joy in the purchasing, the receiving AND in the anticipation for when the flowers actually appear.
I'm so thrilled I'm purchasing for myself. :-)
Beautifully presented!! Good number of seeds per packet and a lovely selection of flowers !
It was estimated to arrive, a bit too late , as we were going away and wanted to give it to my sister in law, before we went.. a quick E mail to the seller, and it was dispatched immediately and arrived in time… excellent!!
I'm obsessed with bishybarnabeescottagegarden seeds, it's like being a kid in a candy store , I love varieties of the flower selection, I always order the seed boxes because they are great value for money and there's always a cute surprise every time I open the box , love the presentation and iv planted so many seed this month so impatiently waiting for next spring 🤭
From ordering, receiving my gorgeously wrapped box, opening to reveal copper coloured shiny tins with beautiful labels. To smelling the fantastic fragrance, I was overwhelmed with the seamless flow of this purchase. Highly recommended and I’ll definitely try out more flavours.
Ordered these as I saw one growing wild in my garden and thought was lovely. Seeds arrived very promptly, part of a small batch of various seeds, along with a free gift which was very much appreciated. Will certainly buy again and am looking forward to seeing the plants next year.
Seeds sown directly outdoors last summer, all germinated and formed lovely silvery rosettes, and half have now also thrown up flower stalks and are producing stunning vivid pink flowers. I’m hopeful that the other half may do the same next summer. Great seeds, well packaged, excellent instructions - many thanks!
I've never grown Hesperis (sweet rocket) until this year, but Melanie's seeds were so successful and prolific, that I now have beautiful flowers wafting their amazing aroma around my garden...plus our honey bees are so happy 🐝 In fact lots of pollinators are visiting!