Stock offers a wonderfully spicy, distinctive scent. Plant it in spring several weeks before your region's last frost date -- this annual thrives in cool temperatures and stops blooming once hot weather arrives. It's especially wonderful in window boxes and planters at nose level, where its sometimes subtle effect can best be appreciated.
Stock is slightly spirelike and comes in a wide range of colors. It makes a great cut flower, perfuming bouquets as well as the border. It grows best in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil.
More varieties for Stock
Matthiola Cinderella Series stock plants bear double flowers in a range of shades. The compact plants grow 10 inches tall.
Matthiola Legacy Series stock plants bear double flowers in a range of bright shades. They grow 2 feet tall.
'Starlight Scentsation' stock
Matthiola 'Starlight Scentsation' shows off strongly fragrant single blooms in a range of colors. It grows 18 inches tall.
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Nemesia is a charming cool-season annual with pretty little snapdragon-shape flowers -- often fragrant -- that bloom in a wide range of colors. It does best in spring and fall (winter in mild-winter climates), though some varieties have better heat-tolerance than others. In cool-summer areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, nemesia will continue to bloom right through the summer into fall. Nemesia prefers moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter.
From tiny, cheerful Johnny jump-ups to the stunning 3-inch blooms of Majestic Giant pansies, the genus Viola has a spectacular array of delightful plants for the spring garden. They're must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring since they don't mind cold weather and can even take a little snow and ice!They're pretty planted in masses in the ground, but also cherished for the early color they bring to pots, window boxes, and other containers. By summer, pansies bloom less and their foliage starts to brown. It's at this time that you'll have to be tough and tear them out and replant with warm-season annuals, such as marigolds or petunias. But that's part of their charm -- they are an ephemeral celebration of spring!
Sweet peas are a gorgeous group of annual or perennial vines with colorful flowers. The annual types are the most common, and they bear large, often ruffled blooms in a rainbow of shades. Many are strongly fragrant, too -- so it's no wonder why they're such classic plants. Note: Though they're related to garden peas, sweet pea seeds are poisonous.