Hesperis matronalis, mixed colors (Dame's Rocket)
Hesperis matronalis, a European introduction and, I would say, a gift from European settlers is considered a weed and invasive in some quarters, but I disagree. This showy, fragrant biennial/perennial has been growing in my gardens for over 20 years, and I wouldn't dream of not having it. I personally like flowers, like biennial foxgloves, for example, that reseed and keep going forever and ever and, if you're lucky, take over an area. I like the fact that, although some years more than others, they fill in empty spaces with their showy blooms and appear in places you wouldn't have dreamed of, courtesy of the birds. If you are one who is squeamish about offending others by not being "plantically correct," then this is not a plant for you, or if you live in New Hampshire, Colorado, or Connecticut, where it is prohibited, then I cannot send it. On the other hand, if you do not have this biennial (it reseeds, so it's perennial in that respect). then here's a start. You can always cut off the flowering stalks before they form seeds, but I wouldn't dream of it. But if you're so inclined, seed formation takes a long time after these plants bloom, so there is no rush. Hesperis matronalis is fragrant, colorful, showy, easy to grow, deer resistant, a butterfly magnet, tall (to four feet) and makes great cut flowers, and is pretty darn close to heaven. Sun/part shade. Zones 3-8. Quarts.