Name: Stokesia laevis aka Stokes’ Aster
Type of Plant: A perennial native to the Southeast United States, hardy in Zones 5-9 and growing best in full sun.
Why I Love This Plant: Big, shaggy flowers in mid-summer. A perennial that doesn’t spread or self-seed, so it never becomes a thug or an unwanted volunteer. This plant flowers when the daylilies are in full bloom, and it’s shorter than the Hemerocallis, so dances well with them.
A Word to the Wise: Look for the varieties that stay upright, such as Mel’s Blue or Peachie’s Pick. Plant Stokesia about 16” apart center to center, in group of 3 or 5 for the best show.