Stock (Matthiola incana)

Quick facts and care essentials

• Cool-season
• Annual
• Full sun or partial shade
• Regular watering

These old-fashioned favorites bear 1- to 3-foot spikes of clustered single or double flowers with a wonderful spicy-sweet scent. Colors include white, cream, pink, lavender, purple, and red. The soft gray-green leaves are long and narrow. Space plants 9 to 12 inches apart.