Summer beauty with a vulgar name
PLANT OF THE WEEK
SILENE vulgaris may not have a pretty name, but it is a pretty plant with its white flowers and grey-green foliage. From May through till August or even September, it blooms away in any open, sunny position in welldrained soil. Its common name is bladder campion and although it’s often found growing wild, its size has made it a popular plant for rockeries where the clove-like scent of the blooms is cast on the evening breeze to attract feeding moths. If it spreads too much, simply pull it up.