Growing Phlox

Botanical Name:

Phlox

Life Cycle:

perennial ( some annual varieties)

Planting Time:

spring

Height:

6' to 4'

Exposure:

sun to shade depending on phlox type
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Soil:

average to rich, moist, well-drained soil

Hardiness:

zones 3 to 8

Bloom Time:

summer

Flower:

variety of colors including crimson-red, magenta-pink, white, pink, lavender and purple

Foliage:

narrow green leaves on sturdy upright stems

Propagation:

seeds and cuttings

Suggested Use:

beds, borders, rock walls, mass plantings, and groundcover mats

Growing Hints:

Several species of phlox are commonly grown in the gardens of North America. Moss phlox is a low growing variety that thrives in full sun. Wild blue phlox and creeping phlox both form broad clumps of fragrant flowers suitable for shade gardens. Tall garden phlox needs staking and is most susceptible to powdery mildew. Annual varieties can be grown from purchased transplants or seeds sown directly into the garden several weeks before your last frost date.
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Perennial phlox should be started from purchased plants to ensure you get the exact colors you desire. Phlox are low maintenance with the exception of being susceptible to powdery mildew. Cut off spent flower heads to keep plants blooming and to avoid future seedlings of different colors from crowding out your original plants. Divide plants in the spring after flowering or take cuttings in the summer to flower the following year.

Interesting Facts:

New cultivars resistant to powdery mildew include David', Pax', Katherine' and Sandra.'
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I was enjoying the summer day when I saw this beauty nectaring on some phlox in my garden.

Butterfly on Phlox

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I just wanted to send in a photo of my creeping phlox in full bloom in the spring. Every several years, they grow out onto the sidewalk. I cut them off with a pruner and take the excess and plant them in an area we have in the back of our lot in order to start new plants (We refer to it as the nursery).

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My phlox "David", so pure and simple looking.

Phlox plant with white blooms in garden

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April 28, 2016

This is a page about transplanting phlox. This perennial flower can be transplanted to other locations in your garden.

Phlox and Dusty Miller plants in a blue wheelbarrow

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April 19, 2016

This is a page about phlox leaves turning yellow. Determining what is causing the leaves on your phlox to turn yellow is the first step to helping your plant.

Close up of Phlox with pink blossoms and several leaves turning yellow

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