Why Phlox should be the backbone of your garden. They're beautiful. They're easy. And no matter what else you grow, you cant beat their display. In fact, probably no group of plants adds more color to American perennial gardens than phlox. They just happen to be the perfect plant--tall enough to show the flowers over the others, heavy bloomers at the right time with big colorful flower heads, and best of all--a nice long season of bloom. Most every good perennial garden has an extra measure of phlox plants. In yours, plant a few and then notice which do the best, and then get more of those. Repeated color groups in the garden assure the great colorful display everyone wants.
Unlike years past, today's phlox plants have been bred to resist mildew. While this used to pose a significant problem, mildew-tainted leaves are no longer an annoying part of being a phlox grower. You can now enjoy these beautiful blooms alongside strong and healthy foliage all season long.
Need a big bouquet? Just of few of these multi-flowered stems will do the trick, with lovely fragrance and fabulous color. Add a few lilies, and you have a knock-out arrangement anyone can do. So be sure to grow enough phlox for cutting, too.
After bloom, simply cut down the flower stems about halfway, (It's not botanically correct, but lots of gardeners snap them; the strong stiff stems snap off easily) and your tough, hardy plants will be ready to light up for you again next year.
Yes, they're North American Natives. Very few American gardeners know it, but almost all phlox species are North American wildflowers, as native as our goldenrods and black-eyed susans. But since we ignored them for years, European hybridizers (mostly German) took the wild versions back to Europe and created the fantastic hybrids we all enjoy today.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Late spring to early summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Well Draining, Average
Attract Butterflies, Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Spring / Summer
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