Gardening withThe Stokes AsterA lovely addition to the plant border is the Stokes Aster, or stokesia laevis, a perennial native to the southeastern United States. Named after an Englishman, Dr. Jonathan Stokes, it flowers May to September, with purple, lavender, blue or white blossoms, three to four inches wide. It is a long-lasting cut flower, and grows in well-drained soil. Plant in full sun or light shade, and propagate from seed in the fall or division every three years in spring. Remove spent flower stems promptly for recurrent blooms.
Submitted by guest writer Valerie Greaves