Phlox, Garden –
Summer Phlox is very popular for its midsummer display in the sunny border. This selection produces large, fragrant flower clusters that open pale blue and darken to dark violet-blue with red edges as they mature. Depending on the time of day and the light conditions, the flowers will appear more blue or more purple. Attractive to butterflies. Excellent cut flower. Flowering is always best in a sunny location. Easy to grow and mildew resistant although Summer Phlox always benefit from a location that provides good air circulation and consistent soil moisture. Drought tolerant. Excellent for containers or in the border. Remove faded flowers to encourage more buds to form.
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Light Blue, Purple, Red
Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. As flowers fade, cut back old flower stems to encourage rebloom. Divide tall garden phlox every 2 to 3 years to promote vigor and minimize disease problems. After the first killing frost, cut stems on tall phlox back to an inch or two above soil line.
Candytuft – The sparkling white heads of perennial candytuft show off well against the vibrant pinks, reds, and lavenders of mountain pinks in sun.
Baby’s breath – In summer, baby’s breath has clouds of delicate white single of double blooms that present an airy picture against strong colored garden phlox in full sun.
Shasta daisy – Highland White Dream Shasta daisy has semi-double 4- to 5-inch white daisies on strong 3-foot stems and is a fine companion for garden phlox in sun.
Blazing star – In sun, the erect bright purple wands of blazing star make an interesting contrast with the rounded heads of summer phlox.