Erysimum 'Hector's Gatepost'

Perennial wallflower

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

Perennial wallflowers are an old favourite for gardeners wanting colourful borders early in the year. 'Hector's Gatepost' provides spikes of purple, scented flowers with evergreen foiliage to brighten up flower beds. They are a reliable choice and easy to cultivate as long as they are planted in a sunny position with free-draining soil. 'Hector's Gatepost' can be used to create a softer look with blues and pinks in the border or alternatively, provides a fabulous contrast with hotter colours from the Erysimum group such as 'Apricot Delight'.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Erysimum

Cultivar: Hectors gatepost

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

Reader reviews


Please could someone tell me how to take cuttings from Erysimum,and also where can I buy seed.I have read Erysimum does not grow true from seed and is often sterile,is this correct?Also is there a way to discourage them from becoming to leggy.
I think this perennial wallflower is very pretty.


I have the perennial wallflower and took a dozen cuttings and put in a pot in August and they all took. Very easy and taking cuttings they come true. If you take them now you will probably need some warmth. Good luck.


I bought some erysimum seeds and planted them in April had given up on them at the end of June and then found that just one seed had germinated so am now looking after it very carefully. Have also taken cuttings last month that have taken very well.

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