Bowles's Mauve Wallflower Plants
Erysimum linifoliumPot Grown Herbaceous Perennials
- Colour: Purple
- Flowering: Feb-Jul
- Fragrance: Strong
- Foliage: Dark grey-green
- Height: 75cm
- Spread: 60cm
- Spacing: 60cm
- Position: Sun
- Soil: Well-drained, alkaline or neutral
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
Erysimum linifolium glaucum 'Bowles Mauve' - Perennial Wallflower
For value for money, Bowles Mauve is up there with the best! In borders, pots or rock gardens it can flower for most of the year in sheltered Southern sites, and February to July is typical up North.
This gold-standard of perennial wallflowers carries fragrant spires of rich purple flowers above a mass of narrow, dark grey-green leaves.
It has the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit for beautiful plants that perform well in ordinary gardens.
- Colour: Deep purple.
- Flowering: February to July.
- Fragrance: Strong.
- Foliage: Dark grey-green.
- Height x Spread: 75cm x 60cm
- Spacing: 60cm.
- Position: Full sun.
- Soil: Well-drained, alkaline or neutral.
- Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Growing 'Bowles Mauve'
Sharp drainage and full sun.
'Bowles Mauve' may be a short-lived perennial but makes up for this with a vivid display for months in a sunny border. Try to plan plants around these purple wallflowers from February to July - from early yellow daffodils such as 'Tete a Tete' and Hellebores, moving on to vivid lime-green Euphorbia characias wulfenii in April/May and late-flowering tulips in sunset shades. By early summer, introduce annual Californian poppies and dwarf sunflowers, which will hide any straggliness as the flowers end and after you trim them back.
This is a wonderful plant in raised beds in a sensory garden, where you can really appreciate the tell-tale wallflower fragrance and the plants will love the sharp drainage.
A member of the cabbage family, drought-tolerant and lover of poor soils, 'Bowles Mauve' makes an ideal plant for gravel, Mediterranean-style and coastal gardens, along with herbaceous perennials such as Echinops ritro and Eryngium. A note of caution - it will not tolerate cold, wet winters and may need some protection in damp climates and in the north of the UK.
In Your Garden Design
Put it with a creeping rosemary to add fantastic fragrance or plant several of them in a container to create a lovely patio display. Think colour combinations with these plants - pair with similar shades of add zest by putting it alongside various shades of yellow: primula vulgaris would look fabulous alongside it. Also pair with Hebe 'Blue Star' or Marshmallow and Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'.
Did You Know?
One of ten plants shortlisted for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Centenary, where one plant per decade was put on the shortlist according to when it was first exhibited at Chelsea (Bowles Mauve was 1982). It lost to Geranium Rozanne
Named after one of England's greatest amateur gardeners, Edward 'Gussie' Augustus Bowles (1865-1954), great-uncle of Andrew Parker-Bowles, first husband of the Duchess of Cornwall. Viola 'Bowles Black', Bowles Golden Sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea') and Bowles Golden Grass (Milium effusum 'Aureum') are among the other plants named after him.
Likes full sun in well-drained, alkaline or neutral poor soil. Space 60cm apart. Water until established, then drought-tolerant. May need protection in cold, damp winters. Suitable for containers.