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Phlox paniculata

Phlox paniculata
garden phlox
Common name garden phlox
Family polemoniaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers various colors (mid-late summer)
Size 2'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Garden phlox is a standby in late-summer gardens - even though it starts blooming in June, it's in late July and August, when it is still in bloom while the early bloomers have given up and the fall bloomers have yet to start, that it is at its most valuable. We've had a white Mt Fuji phlox in our garden for many years; it's not in the most hospitable place, and usually doesn't do very well, with powdery mildew attacking every year. So recently we decided to try a few new varieties: 'Laura' and 'Eva Cullum'. Although the latter is supposed to have excellent powdery mildew resistance, we found it was attacked severely, while 'Laura' held up nicely. It may be the different positions in our gardens, but I'm not convinced about the claims of resistance...
In recent years, we also have plain deep pink phlox reseeding in our side garden, popping up in various places and contributing nicely to the border in its messy late-July state, as seen in the photo above right.

Phlox paniculata
'Laura' in full bloom
garden phlox
'Eva Cullum'
Phlox paniculata
powdery mildew attack

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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