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The most intensely and deliciously scented plant in the whole Perch Hill garden.

Genus Matthiola incana
Variety Pillow Talk (syn. Alba)
Type Hardy Biennial
Common Name Garden Stock, Gillyflower
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow May-July in modules. Plant out late summer - early autumn. Can be sown direct.
Care Tips Plant in clumps around your kitchen window or garden seat to make the most of their scent. This can also be grown in a container pot.
Flowering June - September, the following year.
Vase Life 1 week. Strip all the leaves below the water line. These will taint the water and quickly exude a pungent smell. Add a drop of bleach or vinegar to the flower water. Useful for small scented bedside posies.
Harvesting Flower production: 8-10 weeks
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Matthiola incana 'Pillow Talk' reviews

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Lovely plant and what a fragrance.

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Reviewed 26th June 2018 by Frances Martineau.

So glad I purchased this plant. Have not been disappointed, good growth, sweet smelling flowers and a welcome re-addition to my garden.

stock Pillow Talk

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by S wood

The most fantastic scent ever ! had lots of comments from visitors wanting to know what was the lovely scent in my garden. deadheaded after flowering and got a second flush.
It does go leggy after time mine is in its 3rd year now and i have saved seed to start replacement plants.