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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Nemesia Fragrant Lady Series: New from Simply Seeds and Plants

Posted by Graham Rice on 10 Mar 2011 at 01:53 PM

Nemesia,Lady,Scented,Vanilla,Sweet,Simply. Image ©Simply Seeds and PlantsPatio plants combining exquisite colouring, a long and prolific season and a lovely fragrance would seem to meet just about everyone’s requirements. So take a look at the Fragrant Lady Series of nemesias (left, click to enlarge).

The plants in the series each reach about 12-15in/30-38cm in height, perhaps more, with an upright habit and a tendency to relax at the edges so the plants trail just enough to mask the edges of their pots.

There are three colours in the series. ‘Sweet Lady’ has delicate pink and white flowers, with a yellow lip; ‘Vanilla Lady’ is pure white with a yellow lip and ‘Scented Lady’ is two-tone pink/purple with a yellow lip. All are fragrant.

Richard Massey of Simply Seeds and Plants, who are listing the three varieties as a collection, told me: “They are UK bred and are certainly the best I’ve seen. I grew all three at home last year they were a mass of flower from June to early November and very fragrant. It doesn’t seem to matter if you cut them back or not – either way they just keep coming! Big flowers too.”

I saw them at the National Plant Show last summer, where ‘Vanilla Lady’ won a Silver Medal, and was impressed by the mass of flower they produced. The plants were developed by Jimmy Jones of Penhow Nurseries, in Wales, who are well known for their Chelsea and Hampton Court nemesia exhibits.

You can order all three varieties in the Nemesia Fragrant Lady Series from Simply Seeds and Plants.

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