Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
From the Mediterranean region. Old-fashioned favorites, with narrow gray-green leaves and profuse, erect spikes of fragrant flowers. Best in cool weather.
Stock needs light, fertile soil, and good drainage. In cold-winter areas, plant in earliest spring to get flowers before hot weather (choose early bloomers).
In mild-winter regions, plants set out in early fall will bloom in winter or early spring. Take moderate frost but will not set flower buds if nights are too chilly; late planting means no flowers until spring.
Where winter rainfall is heavy, plant in raised beds for good drainage.Matthiola incana
Valued for its spicy sweet perfume and cut flowers. Oblong leaves to 4 in. long. Flowers are single or double, 1 in. wide, in colors including white, pink, red, purple, lavender, blue, yellow, and cream. Many strains are available. Taller varieties are best for cutting.
Perennial in Zones 1–24, H1; often grown as an annual in all zones. Native to California and Ore...
Chinese native is a splendid cut flower and an effective bedding plant when well grown and free of dis...
Varieties of this annual range from 6 in. to 1 1/2 ft. high and wide, in flower colors from yellow to ...