Sweet or common mignonette (Reseda odorata) is an old-fashioned annual that’s ideal for fresh or dried flower arrangements. It has an intensely spicy scent – just delicious – with greenish-white flowers throughout summer and autumn.
Plants like a moist, rich soil and some afternoon shade in hot spots. Sow seeds in trays for transplanting later. In cooler areas, wait until late winter for sowing. Seeds are available from GardenPost.
The mignonette and carnations print is from the Boston Public Library.