Stock are pretty cottage garden plants have been a favorites for hundreds of years. They come in a range of colors and have a delicate fragrance that many associate with heirloom flowers. It has been said that Thomas Jefferson had Stock flowers imported to plant at his gardens at Monticello in 1771, thereby introducing them to cultivation in the United States. These flowers were popular during the Victorian era and were commonly known as “gilly” flowers in England. They are considered signs of deep affection when given to others. Often purchased as an annual, stock can easily be grown in home gardens. It makes a colorful addition to fresh bouquets, has long-lasting blooms and makes an excellent dried flower.