Colorful Mountainside

Linda Ragland creates a colorful garden at her mountainside home.

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(Stokesia laevis 'Alba')

The plant: Native to the southeastern United States, this garden perennial has leathery, semi-evergreen foliage and white, fringed flowers two inches across. The flowers are held on foot high stems, and basal foliage is evergreen. It's named for Dr. Jonathon Stokes, an early 19th century English botanist, who was a friend of Linnaeus's son. Grows to 12-15 inches tall.
How to use it: This is a lovely cut flower for summer bouquets. Plant sun in drifts along with Asiatic lilies, evening primrose and other early summer flowering perennials.
Source: Meadowbrook Nursery