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Peachies Pick Stokes Aster

Peachie's Pick Stokes' Aster

Vigorous Blue Flowers During Dog Days of Summer!

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Peachie's Pick explodes into rich blue color that fills the midsummer garden and patio containers! Just a foot high and slightly wider, this neat dwarf blooms during the dog days of July and August, when the color is drained out of many plants.

Peachie's Pick is a strong cornflower-blue, with 2- to 3-inch daisies arising over modest plants just 8 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 20 inches wide. Perfect in front of Daylilies of all colors, it is also a stylish edging for walkways, perennial borders, or the sunny garden path! Set it into containers and enjoy the rich blue hues up close on the patio!

Named for the Mississippi plantswoman who discovered and grew it, Peachie Saxon, Peachie's Pick is a hardy performer in just about any hot, humid climate and less extreme temperatures all the way north through zone 5. Unlike some Stokes' Asters, Peachie's Pick won't flop or droop; these cheery daisies stay steady, lifted toward the sun!

Stokes' Aster is a native American plant, so it's largely tolerant of pests and diseases. Capable of growing in just about any garden soil, it thrives in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Space plants about 10 inches apart for good coverage. Zones 5-9.

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?
Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?
Deer eating dayliliesPlanting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?
Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).