Poor little Virginia Stock! Many of today’s gardeners ventured into horticulture with a packet of radishin one hand and Virginia Stock in the other, but many of the textbooks don’t even bother to mention it. The cause of this contempt is the ease with which it can be grown. A thin scattering of anywhere – town gardens, semi-shady spots, cracks between paving stones and soon, and a month or two later the plants are in flower.
VARIETIES: M. maritima is usually bought as a packet of mixed. It is not usually necessary to thin the and the slender soon bear gay little – white, mauve, pink, red, blue and occasionally yellow. Single-coloured varieties, such as ‘Crimson King’, are available.
SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do, in sun or partial shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 6-9 in.
Spacing: (if necessary) 4 in.
Flowering period: – In bloom for several weeks 1-2 months after.
PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in spring for summer flowering, summer for late summer flowering or in autumn for blooming in the spring.