Smith County Master Gardener
Our garden always shows color, but will really shine once our newly planted annuals take root and fill out. Pots help tide us over until then.
Stock is a beautiful winter annual that not only provides bright color but a soft exotic aroma. Plant a pot of stock or a bed of them so the south wind will blow the spicy scent toward a favorite sitting area.
Stock is quite hardy in our area; however they will freeze back when it gets really cold. Stock is easily grown from seed which should be planted in September and again in late January. They grow quickly and bloom in a few weeks.
Stock hates heat and makes a swift exit when hot weather begins. Stock needs only good well-drained soil that is on the dry side. It does better in dry winters and have certainly been happy lately. Unfortunately, stock is often unavailable until spring when it is essentially too late to plant them.
Look in your favorite nursery for stock and enjoy the lovely flowers as well as the fragrance.
Dee Bishop is a Smith County Master Gardener. She writes about plants growing in the IDEA Garden inside Tyler Rose Garden.