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Shepherds watched their phlox by night… but their sensational blooms grow best in full sunlight.
Phlox drummondii or annual phlox is an ornamental plant with clusters of flowers that come in a variety of beautiful colours including shades of pink, purple, red and white. Annual phlox can be grown in full sunlight and partial shade. The soil should be fertile with good drainage. When in bloom annual phlox is truly sensational and looks spectacular in a wide range of locations. Plant it within flower beds and borders or alternatively place it in containers so it can be situated in courtyard gardens or on patios. Annual phlox looks just as charming in city gardens as it does in cottage gardens.
- 0.1 - 0.45
- 0.25 - 0.4
- No, neutral please
- Late spring
- -40 - 4
- 0 - 210
- Full sun
- Flowers & bulbs
- Fast growing
- For Beginners
- Roses & classics
- Cottage garden
- Flower beds
- Cut flowers
- 1 to 2 years
Phlox is a genus of 67 flowering plants, a good traditional cottage garden plant, native to North America. There are various different coloured varieties including vibrant pinks, red, white and pastel blue. Most of them have a pleasant scent too. Naturally, phlox grow either in alpine areas or woodland. Depending on your soil type and situation you should choose your phlox accordingly. The alpine species prefer full sun and well-drained soil and the woodland varieties are more suited to areas with partial shade and humus rich soils. If you remove the dead flower heads then more flowers will be produced. When the plant has finished flowering, cut it down to the base.
Phlox adsurgens is a creeping perennial commonly known as northern phlox. This plant has dark green, oval-shaped leaves and produces pretty pink and white flowers with oval petals. Northern phlox should be planted in areas of full sunlight or partial shade. It is best suited to loamy, sandy or chalky soil that offers good drainage. The creeping nature of northern phlox makes it a good choice for ground cover but it also looks stunning within flower beds and borders or used as edging or underplanting. Northern phlox is a striking means of adding colour to low-maintenance garden designs and looks great in cottage and rock gardens as well.
Phlox carolina is commonly known as Carolina phlox. This eye-catching plant has slender upright stems and produces beautiful clusters of white, pink or purple flowers during summer. Carolina phlox is suited to areas of full sunlight or partial shade within most types of soil including loamy, sandy, chalky and clay as long as it is moist and offers good drainage. This charming plant adds elegance to flower beds and borders and also serves as an attractive choice for underplanting. Carolina phlox looks just as lovely in city and courtyard gardens as it does in cottage or informal garden designs.
Phlox divaricata is commonly referred to as blue phlox. This plant produces cheerful bluish-purple flowers that offer a delightful fragrance. Blue phlox should be planted in areas of partial shade or full shade. It grows well in fertile, moist soil including loamy, sandy, chalky and clay soil. The soil should offer good drainage and ideally have a light layer of mulch. The beautiful blooms of this plant attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Blue phlox looks fantastic within rock gardens and cottage gardens and is a superb choice for edging, ground cover or underplanting. It also is a stunning showstopper in flower borders and beds and is a splendid option for low-maintenance garden designs where fragrance and beautiful colour are key.
Phlox divaricata subsp. Laphamii is commonly known as wild sweet William and produces clusters of gorgeous purple-blue flowers that offer a subtle fragrance. Wild sweet William should be planted in partially shaded or full shade areas. It can be grown in chalky, sandy, loamy or clay soil that offers good drainage. The soil should be kept moist and an added layer of mulch is appreciated by this plant as well. Wild sweet William makes for very pretty underplanting and is sure to draw the eye within flower borders and beds. This beautiful plant looks spectacular in woodland gardens and is also a bold means of adding colour to rock gardens as long as it is kept in the shadier parts.
Phlox douglasii is commonly known as phlox. Bold, attention-grabbing flowers available in a range of colours including pink, purple and white ensure this plant makes a statement whenever it is in bloom. Phlox is suited to areas of full sunlight or partial shade and appreciates fertile, well-drained soil such as chalky, loamy or sandy soil. This plant does well in a variety of garden designs, from cottage gardens to rock gardens. It can be used as stunning edging and can also be grown in containers and placed on patios or within courtyard gardens for a splash of sassy colour.