How to make your garden bloom

The West's best flowers for borders, beds, bouquets, and containers

17 best plants for cool-season color

Brighten gray, drizzly days with the West's best cool-season flowers

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Perennial treated as annual

Plant this old-fashioned favorite for its narrow gray-green leaves and profuse spikes of spicy-sweet smelling flowers. Take your pick of white, pink, red, purple, lavender, blue, yellow, and cream.

Stock varieties range from 1 to 3 feet tall and 10 to 16 inches wide. All perform best in full sun or light shade and appreciate regular water.

In cold-winter areas, plant in earliest spring (choose early bloomers). Stock needs good drainage, so where rainfall is heavy, plant in raised beds.

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