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If you want a colourful annual to brighten up your border then Mignonette would be the wrong plant for you. If on the other hand you want a low-growing inconspicuous plant which can be planted under a window and will fill the room with its fragrance on a warm summer evening, then this old-fashioned, cottage garden plant is for you. Upright at first and then spreading, its tiny yellowish flowers are borne in cone-like trusses.

VARIETIES: There is one species – R. odorata. Breeders have improved the flowers over the years – you can buy ‘Machet’ (yellow and pink), ‘Red Monarch’ (red and green), ‘Goliath’ (double red) and soon, but it is better tochoose a variety on the basisof the quality of its fragrance rather than the supposed attractiveness of its tiny flowers.

SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do – add lime if it is acid. Choose a sunny spot.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 1 ft.

Spacing: 9 in.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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