Habitat: full sun
Soil: gritty, well drained
Height: 30 cm
Flowering: mid spring to early summer
Width: 10 cm
Cultivated forms of Erysimum are known all too well as the wallflowers of municipal bedding schemes, although they have become less popular in recent years. The colourful forms are derived from equally colourful (although with a narrower palette of colours) alpine species, which are generally finely scented.
|Erysimum humillinum comes from Kyrgyzstan, and likes a sunny, well-drained site in a rock garden or raised bed. There it will make a neat tuft of narrow leaves, with short stems carrying clusters of pale yellow, scented flowers.|
|Erysimum pulchellum has a prostrate woody framework clothed in narrow green leaves, above which stand short stems of 15 - 25cm of lemon yellow flowers, which will be a delight for weeks in early summer. It spreads slowly and seeds itself too. Good placed at a dry sunny border edge.|