Phlox - Paniculata
Old-fashioned cottage gardens spring to life when tall phlox explode into bloom. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Growing over 3-feet tall, it has a variety of uses in the landscape. Famous as a background, border against a white picket fence or lining a pathway, it invites a peaceful pause in life. Add some plants by the garden gate as a welcoming invitation for hummingbirds and butterflies. What is more beautiful than native bluebirds in pink phlox?
The 1-inch full flowers bloom in large, dome-shaped clusters all through the summer months in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8.
Not only prized by perennial gardeners as long-bloomers, but they also send out a come-hither scent with their fragrance, which makes them excellent candidates for cut flowers. Plant enough to bring the romance of summer indoors with vases of scented bouquets all through your home.
Plan your color schemes to roll in waves of whites, lavenders and pinks. Even the foliage is eye-catching as it displays up to 5-inch long tapered leaves on a sturdy deep-green stem. Resilience is a virtue here as this hardy plant returns every year to glorify the garden. It thrives in sunny areas and multiplies into clusters.
Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can grow hardy tall phlox. Plant multiple varieties in early spring making sure to use compost-amended soil, which allows the roots to spread and develop healthier stems and blooms. Add 10-10-10 fertilizer when planting and make another application just before blossoms appear. To encourage another final flush of blooms, fertilize again after the first blooms fade. Pay special attention to hydration until the plants become accustomed to their new home and respond by showing new growth.
Naturalizing tall phlox into meadow areas helps transform landscapes into glorious pastel shades. Use with wildflowers to cover elevated road-banks. Their natural care and natural habit to proliferate soon have the whole area alive with color. Once you instigate the first planting, you can sit back and watch nature perform.
Tall Phlox is a variety of phlox perennial that will be larger than the others. It can grow in areas of the garden or landscape and can withstand many different soils. However, it will prefer those that are well drained and moist. From July through September, this plant will put on a show of color that will take your breath away. The colors will vary depending on the variety and climate.