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Stoke's aster is pretty in the garden, but it's so wonderful for attracting butterflies and as a cut flower, you could grow it for those two purposes alone. As a bonus, its evergreen foliage shows off the lavender blue (or pink, white, or yellow) cornflower flowerheads well. Excellent at the front of sunny or lightly shaded borders, or in cutting gardens, Stoke's aster prefers light well-drained sol that does not dry out. Deadhead to prolong bloom time.
The fuzzy silver leaves of lamb's ears contrast well with Stoke's asters dark evergreen leaves and large fluffy lavender heads of flowers at the front of sunny borders.Bellflower
With erect stems bearing pendant, open blue bells, peach-leaved bellflower is a fine companion for Stoke's aster in midsummer.Coreopsis
In sunny beds, Moonbeam coreopsis produces countless pale yellow daisies over threadlike foliage that provide an interesting foil for the fluffy flowers and foliage of lavender Stoke's aster.