Plants - Perennials

Frame your garden with fabulous phlox

By
Anne Marie Van Nest

These quintessential cottage garden plants help form the foundations of the garden

Phlox varities
All dimensions are height x width.

‘Chattahoochee’ woodland phlox

(Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii ‘Chattahoochee’)
Zone 4, 15 to 25 cm x 30 to 45 cm   
Description: Fragrant, deep lavender blue flowers with a dark maroon eye; semi-evergreen, ground-hugging mat
Soil and exposure: Average to dry or moist, well-drained, humusy soils; full sun to part shade
Bloom time: Spring
Comments: Attractive to butterflies

‘Morris Berd’ phlox

(P. glaberrima ‘Morris Berd’)
Zone 3, 45 to 55 cm x 30 to 45 cm
Description: Large, rosy purple blooms; smooth, dark green leaves; forms a tidy, upright clump
Soil and exposure: Moist, organic soil; full sun to part shade   
Bloom time: Spring   
Comments: Excellent mildew resistance

‘Natascha’ wild Sweet William

(P. maculata ‘Natascha’)
Zone 4, 60 cm x 35 to 60 cm   
Description: Fragrant, two-toned pink and white flowers; glossy leaves; compact, upright form
Soil and exposure: Average to moist soil; full sun to part shade
Bloom time: Mid- to late summer   
Comments: Needs little staking; attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

‘David’s Lavender’ garden phlox

(P. paniculata ‘David’s Lavender’)
Zone 4, 1.25 to 1.5 m x 1 m
Description: Jumbo, slightly fragrant, lilac-coloured blooms with a deep pink eye
Soil and exposure: Average to moist soil; full sun to part shade
Bloom time: Mid- to late summer
Comments: Powdery mildew resistant; attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

‘Little Laura’ garden phlox

(P. p. ‘Little Laura’)
Zone 4, 75 x 75 cm
Description: Clusters of fragrant, rich purple flowers with a white eye; compact habit
Soil and exposure: Average to moist soil; full sun to part shade
Bloom time: Midsummer
Comments: Excellent mildew resistance

‘Apple Blossom’ moss phlox

(P. subulata ‘Apple Blossom’)
Zone 2, 5 to 20 cm x 45 cm
Description: Light pink to white blooms with a dark pink eye; mats of needle-like foliage; evergreen in milder regions
Soil and exposure: Average to dry soil; full sun
Bloom time: Mid- to late spring
Comments: Good for rock gardens or front of borders

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