Garden phlox

Phlox | Also known as: Tall phlox, Summer phlox, Perennial phlox Phlox paniculata | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Garden phlox: would you rather have Phlox, or a fox in a box?

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.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5 - 0.7
Spread [m]
  • 0.4
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-10
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
Soil type
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • None
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years