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I bought some Nemesia Maritana (scented lady and sweet lady) at the local nursery when looking to get some container plants. The smell really attracted me to them but when I got home I couldn't find a lot online about the hardiness or whether they are annuals or perennials, the labels don't help much either. Can anyone enlighten me?
Not much at all listed about this pretty plant. I remember it being introduced some years back. Considering so little info, I'd treat it as an annual. Taking into account it prefers sun to light shade. It can be trimmed back and soon re-flowers. Worth experimenting. Close to the end of the season. Cut it back, even if you have done this before. Pot it up and take it into the greenhouse or some well lit protective area. From experience, some annuals will overwinter and forge ahead in the spring. If not. Nemesia seeds very well. Why not drop an email to Suttons. They are one of the best firms around.
Hope you get sorted.
Penhow Nurseries are the breeders of Nemesia Maritana and they describe it as perennial and suitable for growing "...in well drained soil throughout the winter months".
Hope that helps
They are perennial. They're not properly hardy. Chrissie's balcony through a mild winter like our last one is probably about their limit
I suppose Penhow have the advantage of a 'maritime climate' with no real frosts to speak of - from what they say it's the wet and cold rather than just the cold that does them in.
Thanks for all the advice. They are lovely little plants and smell good so being a perennial is great news. I live in the south near the coast so the frosts aren't as harsh as other places but I think I'll move them into the greenhouse over winter just to be on the safe side. The soil is very sandy and free draining here so I guess they'll like that. As a bit of an experiment, I might get a couple more and plant them in the ground to see what happens to them when the frosts arrive. I suppose I could try and take a few cuttings as well. It's actually quite exciting getting to know a new plant.