Members of the Hesperis genus are woody hardy perennials that grow in height from 30 cm to 1.2 m 91 to 4 feet).
They carry lilac, white or purple flower that carry a fragrant aroma in the nighttime.
They come into bloom in the summer.
Some of the common names for Hesperis include Garden Rocket, Sweet Rocket, Dame's Rocket, and Dames Violet.
Hesperis matronalis - Dame's Rocket by kirybabe.
Dame's-violet by anemoneprojectors.
Common Names: Dame’s Rocket, Dames Violet, Garden Rocket, Summer Lilac, Sweet Rocket.
Life Cycle: Short lived hardy perennial usually grown as a hardy biennial.
Height: 12 to 48 inches (30 to 120 cm).
Native: Europe. Asia.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.
If you are planning to grow Hesperis from seed, then they should be sown on the surface in the middle of summer.
They can grow in sunny, partially shaded and even shaded area (hot locations) of the garden. Plants enjoy a soil that has good drainage, is moist, and has a pH of between 5 and 8.
If you plan to first start growing Garden rocket plant and other Hesperis plants as seedlings indoors, then they should be started about two and a half months before due to be transplanted out. Put out after the last frost of spring.
It usually takes about three to four weeks to germinate at a temperature of 21 to 29 degrees Centigrade (68 to 84°F).
Once growing, they should be spaced at about 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 inches) apart in the middle of spring.
If you require more plants, then cuttings of Garden Rocket can be readily taken. Although the Hesperis plant is a hardy perennial, it is short-lived, so you may want to sow new plants regularly.
Members of the Hesperis plant genus are easy to maintain. They require regular feeding and cutting back of the stems following flowering, this will produce more blooms.