Peachies Pick Stokes Aster

Peachie's Pick Stokes' Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick'


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Like living fireworks, Asters burst with color in the midsummer garden. Peachies Pick is a marvelous dwarf variety that grows approximately 12 inches high and only a little wider. In the stagnant heat of July and August, it is still in a profusion of blooms. Peachies Pick has daisy-style flowers in an attractive light periwinkle hue. They are ideal for edging perennial borders or summer pathways. These asters will even flourish in pots and containers on a porch or patio.

Another pleasant surprise with this cultivar is that the flowers will not droop in the midday sun. They stand up straight and great all the garden visitors with their cozy blue faces. Peachies Pick is pest and disease tolerant and will grow in most types of soil. They just need their bed to be well-drained so their roots do not get soggy. These asters adore full sun or part shade and grow best in Zones 5-9.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Peachies Pick performs very well
Dale casual gardender. from SC wrote (September 19, 2013):
This plant lived up to it's billing. It started blooming in June and has been going strong with occasional deadheading (now 9/19). It stays in a nice compact mound
Stokes's Aster 'Peachie's Pick
Carol Miller from FL wrote (March 19, 2012):
Blue flowers are so difficult to find.....this is a beautiful little flower that grows in any type of soil and in most climates. A definite keeper!!
Aster
Hardy Aster

Planting:

Set A. x frikartii 15 to 18 inches apart, others 18 to 24 inches apart in sun. A. frikartii will also grow in light shade and has an exceptionally long blooming period that starts in summer. In general, asters prefer fertile soil, but will tolerate poor soils as well. Soil should also be well-drained, but take care to provide ample moisture, particularly in fall when plants are in bloom.


Maintenance:

Pinch or even shear back several times during the early part of the growing season to promote vigorous, compact growth. Divide every 3 years or as necessary, replanting the younger, more vigorous pieces from the outside of the clump.

To control mildew naturally, avoid overhead watering, and plant away from hedges or fences to assure satisfactory air flow. If you must, a monthly spray with wettable sulfur will ensure mildew control.


Zones:

Zones various

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.