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Phlox

Creeping PhloxWant to add some local flair to your garden? These flowers occur naturally in woodlands and prairies in North America, and are an excellent way to naturalize your garden. Phlox are grown in both creeping and tall varieties. The plants’ small flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Botanical Name:

Phlox

Most Popular Colors: White, pink, pale blue, violet, bright red.

Blooming Season: Late spring to early summer.

Soil Preferences: Well drained, enriched soil is best.

Climate Preferences: Phlox grow in all temperate climates.

Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun.

Landscaping Tips: Creeping phlox can be used as ground cover, creating a bright carpet for the duration of the blooming season. The foliage of the plants is a vibrant green, creating good coverage before and after flowering.

Tall phlox look excellent in the backs of flower beds. Consider planting them near other plants that are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds to create a lush garden for fluttery friends!

Planting:Many Phlox varieties are susceptible to mildew, so plant in a sunny, airy location with good air circulation. Creeping phlox should be planted 12 to 18 inches apart, and grow only 6 inches tall, Tall phlox can grow upwards of 3 feet.

Care:

  • Water plants during the summer is your garden receives less than one inch of water per week. Watering should be done in the morning so moisture can dry off during the day.
  • Cutting back old blooms as the flowers fade can encourage rebloom.
  • After the first frost, stems on tall phlox should be cut back to 1-2” above the soil line.

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