Stokes’provides something different for the front of the border, and is a good choice if your soil is light and free-draining. The 3 in. blooms are often described as looking like the of the Cornflower or the China , but in fact they are unique. They first appear in July and the
Flowering period: extends until the first frosts arrive – cut some of the blooms forindoors. Mulch in spring and water during dry spells. Dead-head faded blooms and cut down the to ground level in early winter. It is a hardy plant, but it is a good idea to cover the crowns with peat or bracken if your garden is exposed or in a frost pocket.
VARIETIES: There is just one species – S. laevis (S. cyanea). The basic details are height 1-1.5 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft.
Flowering period: July-October. Theare long and narrow and the are large and saucer-shaped with deeply-notched petals. The colour of the species is pale mauve, but there are varieties available in different colours – ‘Blue Star’ (light blue), ‘Blue Moon’ (mid-blue), ‘Superba’ (lavender-blue) and Alba’ (white).
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do -thrives best in full sun.
PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in spring.