I don’t have nearly as many of the tall garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) as I’d like. The photos are misleading without the big picture so here’s the big picture with a wider view of the potager (complete with freshly trimmed hedge). A couple (4) in the front bed, and a dozen or so in the back bed is not a lot of phlox.
We’re just going from one phlox to the next here. No commitment.
A few cooler nights have deepened some of the colors and although I don’t know the names for several of these it doesn’t matter as far as enjoying them goes.
But the dry weather has them all a little miserable, and unless they get watered every few days the leaves and flowers wilt and the spider mites procreate.
The next few days promise more dry, clear skies with temperatures into the 90’s (32+C) and the garden will be on its own as we go off traveling.
Of course there’s always the pretty yet troubled one. Phlox ‘Brigadier’ has a great reddish color yet doesn’t bloom well, is losing stems, is a magnet for mites, and resents every dry spell… but I can usually just get her a drink and she’s ready to go.
I guess when you’re jumping from one phlox to the next you’re bound to run into problems but I’ll admit I’m a phlox addict and don’t really want to change. When I was out at the nursery last week there were about six new ones which I had a chance at and they all looked like a fun time (even if I already have a few waiting at home) but I said no. It will be a hard enough time staying faithful this winter when it’s just me and the computer and the great online phlox source, Perennial Pleasures. They’re like a Craigslist for hooking up with new phlox and I’m sure I’ll click on something I shouldn’t.
At this time of year, phlox is a staple in my garden. In the past they have rebloomed after deadheading, so I will be doing that now.
I try to pick out any seed pods which form but that can be an awfully tedious job when the weather gets hot, so often I just trim off the faded flower heads when I get fed up.
How about Favorite of the Week? That way, nearly everything can be a favorite once in a while! I wish I could grow phlox here, but you-know-who loves to eat them! As I mentioned before, I am trying one out in the Terrace Garden where the you-know-whos typically don’t travel. It’s nowhere close to blooming, though. Yours look so pretty, especially behind that neatly trimmed hedge!
Things did not look good in the spring, so I’m thrilled to see them coming along now. They are really a plant which responds well to conditions which they like, which is not always what they get here…
Good luck in hiding yours from the deer. I was looking at the yard last week wondering what I would do if the deer started coming regularly and I couldn’t think of any options which didn’t include firearms or a ten foot fence.
We’re behind you in the blooming – so far I only have one in bloom. We rarely get powdery mildew or mites on them up here, but they are slower to bloom. And I have the opposite problem, I have way too many phlox. Sounds like it’s time for us to connect again for a plant swap! I can start digging as mine bloom, so I can identify the varieties for you… or at least show you the bloom. Several of mine are pass-along plants so no idea of the name.
I am completely up for another plant swap, and if phlox are included that’s great, I have yet to meet one which I regretted growing, even if there might have been a few which met an early end in the compost pile.
I’m often amazed by how much later things are in your neck of the woods, and I bet the cooler soil and shadier spots all add up to a nearly perfect phlox planting! Here on the other hand I’m debating drip irrigation and a semi shaded spot for them in order to compensate for the thin soil and drying winds.
Sounds good. Not sure at this point when I’ll need to drive to my employer’s main office in PA, but I’ll let you know (and start digging meanwhile). 🙂
Hey! I want “in” on the phlox swap. None of mine are blooming yet. Heck, the daylilies have scarcely gotten started.
Haha, you’re in of course!
I do have a few phlox which are only now making flower buds, the late ones are even nicer when they bloom since the rest start looking tired towards the month of August.
I was at the nursery last week and was actually considering taking home a daylily. I’m not a daylily person and don’t like their sickly August foliage, so this is not a good development.
That sounds good. My early ones are Phlox ‘Junior Dance’ (coral blooms) and ‘Blue Paradise’ (the name says it all). Also I have a hot pink one that’s pretty early.
Phlox is a no go for me, I’m afraid, they’d sulk themselves to death in our summers. I had a scented one – ‘Clouds of perfume’- which I moved. Just wonder what became of it? Must check tomorrow!
I didn’t realize you were so warm there in the summer, not so good for phlox but so many other possibilities, right?
Aren’t they lovely! (Said the slug to the snail) … I can’t grow them here. 😦 But I do love them, especially the pale white with a tinge of pink. I just saw Susie’s post of the white one, ‘David’. 🙂
Wish I could send you some rain… it is pouring again here and I just spotted an enormous black slug inching across the lawn and am now worrying where he was heading. LOL!
Ugh I am so happy slugs are not a problem here. It’s too dry lately and most hide in the mulch piles far from the plants. It’s only in a wet spring that I see the little pests…. But it’s amazing how fast they spring to life and begin their attacks once the rains come!
You have a great collection of phlox. Enjoy them all. I bought ‘Nicky’ early this spring. Thought it might be more red but I like the color.
Nicky has such a dark color, I like how it sets off the other phlox, I might have to divide it around. I hope yours does well for you!
Great colour, I must try some others.
I wonder how phlox would do in your heat?
Do crape myrtles (lagerstroemia) do well for you? They have such nice bark and look like a shrubby or tree-phlox, they’re just not hardy enough for me…
Lagerstroemia seem to need more humidity. I have 2, they don’t die but they don’t flower well or even at all! Unlike them a lot so maybe I’ll try to give them a bit more water.
Yes, they do seem to grow best where the humidity is unbearable. I think I’d rather live without if given the choice 🙂
I have a few varieties of Phlox in my garden, but some of them of other colors have become that hot pink you have shown.
Phlox do seed around a bit and not all of the seedlings are as nice as the parents, but I’m always curious to see how they turn out. I have plenty of the lighter pinks, so usually weed them out, but whites and darker colors and any with a pattern are always welcome.
Sometimes it’s the problem child that we love best. I hope you and your Phlox get some rain soon.
I do always pull for the underdog and try and help them a little more…. And luckily we did get some rain last week!
We have found the phlox increasing every year and seemingly getting taller as they age. In the springtime I look at them and wonder whether they are weeds as they seem to be growing with great vigor. But by now they intermix freely with the lilies and certainly please the eye…
A friend of mine had a garden where phlox were left to do their own thing. It was a mess otherwise, but when the phlox opened and were in full bloom you would think it was all planned!