I bought three Stokes Aster plants in July. They were labeled "sun loving perennials" without a name listed, but their gorgeous fluffy lavender flowers screamed "take me home and plant me!" They looked a bit bachelor buttony so I thought maybe they were some variety of cornflower. I can't remember how I stumbled across Stoke's Asters online but as soon as I saw them I knew it was a match. They don't look like a type of Aster and are long Summer bloomers, unlike their Fall blooming relatives. Plus, they're a Native American wildflower
Well these guys have bloomed pretty much non-stop since July, but I think they are finally done. I miss those cheery blooms Another fun surprise is the gorgeous shiny evergreen leaves that are filling in beautifully while most of the garden is dying back and turning brown. I relocated the third plant in August and that one is a bit on the puny side. I'm hoping they'll fill in nicely next year as they get more established and naturalize.
Anyway, I figured I would share my experience with them so far and pass along a recommendation. I just love them Anyone else have experience with these plants?