Stock: a cool-weather charmer

stock peach

There are some benefits to the cooler weather. You can grow cool-season plants such as this stunner – stock (matthiola). Colours range from soft pastels to deep cerise and purples, and they also have a to-die-for, musk-like scent similar to Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium perfume. This pretty posy featured at a Malibu wedding, which in turn featured on Style Me Pretty. It’s seen here with a skirt of leucadendrons, which also provide great winter colour. Pop down to your local garden centre and get some stock seedlings for planting now.

Plant Now: Stock


Stock (Matthiola) is the perfect winter flower, with its delicious scent and brilliant (or pale) coloured blooms. It’s seen here in red, alongside pink peonies and purple allium flower heads. Stock seedlings are in garden centres now. Plant them in containers or directly in the garden and they’ll continue to flower until early spring. A liquid feed high in potassium will maintain steady growth and repeat flowers.

This delightful bouquet comes from Essential England.