Summer in the perennial garden means flowers - lots of flowers. A
perennial that provides an abundance of flowers over a long season of
bloom and in a wide range of colors is summer phlox.
Tall garden phlox is prized for its large panicles of colorful, and
often fragrant, blooms. The flowers begin blooming in midsummer and
continue right into autumn, providing a very long season of bloom.
For even more blooms, remove faded flowers. Cut the flower panicle
just below the bottom flowers and side shoots will develop below the
original flower panicle, providing another flush of bloom.
Flower color is extensive in summer phlox and includes white,
lavender, purple, lilac, pink, rose, and neon pink. Many varieties
have contrasting centers, called an "eye," creating a
striking, two-tone appearance. In darker-colored varieties, the eye
is often white. In white and lighter-colored varieties the eye is
often a contrasting, darker color.
IF YOU GO:
"The Best Summer Phlox" Workshop and
Plant and Gardening Products Sale
Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m., Kiley Middle School auditorium, 180
Cooley Street, Springfield
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m., Westfield Woman's Club auditorium, 28
Court Street, Westfield
Saturday, August 4, 3 p.m., Historic Northampton Museum Shepherd
Barn, behind 66 Bridge Street, Northampton
Free and open to the public
For more info.:
Click here to read Pernell
Gerver's Gardening Workshop Series schedule and to get directions
from your location to any of the locations listed above.
Tall garden phlox range in size from just over a foot tall to five
feet tall, depending on variety. With such a large range of plant
sizes, it's possible to grow tall garden phlox in just about any size
garden. The shorter varieties can be grown near the front of the
flower bed or border, while the taller varieties look best in the
middle to back of the flower bed or border.
are many different varieties of tall garden phlox and one of my
favorites is 'Nora Leigh.'
This tall garden phlox bears large clusters of white flowers with a
deep pink eye. In addition to its beautiful flowers, it also has
attractive foliage. Its medium-green leaves are edged with a band of
creamy yellow. Its variegated foliage adds interest to the garden
even when it's not in bloom. Its foot-tall flower panicles bloom atop
three-foot-tall flower stalks and bloom from midsummer to late
summer. This variety also grows and blooms well in shade. In my
garden it's growing in quite a bit of shade and it blooms as well as
other varieties I grow in full sun.
of the best white-flowered varieties of tall garden phlox is
'David.' It bears very-large panicles of glistening-white,
sweetly-fragrant flowers. The large flower panicles stand atop four-
to five-foot tall stems, making it a good choice for the middle to
back of the flower bed or border.
At my free
gardening workshop this week Ill have a large selection
of different summer phlox for sale. See
the "If You Go" box for more information.