Perennials forum→What Flower Smells Most Closely to Dame's Rocket?

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Name: Jen
(Zone 6b)
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JJJENNNNN
Mar 5, 2020 6:55 PM CST
I now live in Southeastern Michigan*. When I used to go for evening runs in the park behind my Mom's house (across the river over in Southwestern Ontario**) at the right time of year, the pretty purple & white Dame's Rocket [Hesperis matronalis] flowers along the nature trail would be giving‑off the most beautiful aroma and make me so happy ( normally I hate running Sticking tongue out ). Seeing as we spend a lot of evenings outside during the warmer months, it's very temping to consider planting some in our yard here. From what I've been reading, this plant, in the mustard family, is considered super‑invasive in a handful of states, producing tons of seeds, shading‑out other wildflowers¹, and killing‑off forest seedlings "by releasing a chemical that wipes‑out beneficial fungus that tree/other plant roots need to survive"². In some places, it's even banned ³. Lovely‑smelling as they are, I'm not sure I could in good‑conscience live with myself were I to be single‑handedly responsible for these pretty flowers over‑running the whole town. Sad

My question is: What other flower, if any, is closest in smell to Dame's Rocket? – preferably a perennial.
Is Night‑scented Stock [Matthiola longipetala] at all similarly‑scented? I know it's an annual & not quite as eye‑catching, but I might consider planting it every year if it has the same effect.

* I'm located in Hardiness Zone 6b. ** Essex County, just across the river, where I'm originally from (mentioned above^^), looks to be Zone 7a, but shouldn't make much of a difference.

Thanks for your expert advice,
- - - Jen

'HESPERIS MATRONALIS' PHOTOS [not my own***]:
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***Photo Credit: Merchant 'Outsidepride' on Amazon.com

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***Photo Credit: Eden Brothers
Name: Bob
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NJBob
Mar 6, 2020 10:09 PM CST

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I think it is supposed to smell like lilac. So maybe a small re-blooming one like Bloomerang.
Name: Jen
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JJJENNNNN
Mar 7, 2020 9:14 PM CST
NJBob said:I think it is supposed to smell like lilac. So maybe a small re-blooming one like Bloomerang.

That is a good idea – my husband loves lilacs

Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Mar 8, 2020 6:36 PM CST

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I tip my hat to you.

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