Garden Phlox (Phlox Paniculata)
Phlox paniculata, or the Garden Phlox, is an upright clump-forming perennial featuring fragrant, pink-purple, tubular florets and elliptic, green foliage. The plant grows up to 4' tall and flowers bloom throughout the summer and fall (July-September). It attracts pollinators and tolerates deer, clay, and black walnut.
Plant in organic-rich, fertile, average to moist, and well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Garden Phlox is susceptible to mildew, phlox bugs, spider mites, and root rot. Providing an adequate air ciculation and thinning out stems as needed can alleviate some of these problems. Mulch can help keep the roots cool. Avoid overhead watering, and regularly water in hot and drier conditions. Cut the plant to the ground for the winter to maintain a clean garden from mildew infections. Garden Phlox self seeds, but are usually not true from seed. Removing the flower panicles after flowering can encourage more blooms and prevent self seeding.
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