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Phlox

Chock-full of oomph and charisma, Phlox are enduring warm weather beacons, appreciating moist well-drained soil, frequent deadheading and deep basal waterings, while periodic thinning to just 4 or 6 stalks ensures healthier paniculata cultivars.

Consistently receiving the highest ratings in the Chicago Botanical Garden’s Phlox trials and on many a top-10 perennial list, this cherished early-blooming perennial hails from the Chattahoochee River Valley. A probable hybrid between P. divaricata var. laphamii and P. pilosa, the low growing colonizing habit yields glossy lance-shaped foliage topped by airy slightly fragrant clusters of tubular pastel lavender-blue flowers with maroon throats. Its dainty floriferous charm belies an all-around plucky mettle that tackles deer, drought, clay soil and deep shade, while entertaining butterflies, hummingbirds and all who usher it into their gardens.

Blooms April–early June

Size: 9" – 12" high x 16" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Discovered by the astute folks from North Creek Nursery at a plant sale in London Grove, PA, this handsome shade-happy ground cover is a light blue flowering form of the eastern North American woodland Phlox. The sweetly fragrant 5-petaled blooms are held in loose clusters that lure the butterflies and hummingbirds, while widely spaced lance-shaped green foliage forms an attractive spreading compact clump, coloring fall days with burgundy shades. Appreciative of fertile, adequately moist, free draining abodes, ‘London Grove Blue’ mingles well with Aquilegia ‘Kristall’, Tiarella ‘Dark Star’ and Geranium phaeum ‘Album’.

Blooms April–May

Size: 12" – 15" high x 10" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A vigorous endearing selection of our native woodland Phlox developed by esteemed plant designer Piet Oudolf, ‘May Breeze’ delivers bright sweetly scented accents to shady settings. Quantities of starry, narrow-petaled open blooms gather like pale blue to pure white clouds, floating above deep green oblong foliage. Perfect for weaving amid spring bulbs, Columbines and Beesia deltophylla, this attractive deer tolerant Phlox slowly spreads to form a small easily grown, disease-proof, semievergreen patch that charms hummingbirds and butterflies plus handles hot humid summers.

Blooms April|ndash;May

Size: 12" – 15" high x 10" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Phlox glaberrima</i> ‘Morris Berd’

Maximum flower-power and a robust disease-resistant temperament earned ‘Morris Berd’ 4 stars in the Phlox evaluations held at the Chicago Botanical Garden. Oodles of sweet smelling, clear rose-pink flowers populate lovely large panicles, while slim, bluntly pointed leaves with smooth edges define the compact, shiny dark green foundation. A somewhat taller, spring-blooming cultivar, this first-class Phlox detests drought, and flourishes in hot humid weather as well as moist rich niches.

Blooms May|ndash;June

Size: 15" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Phlox</i> ‘Minnie Pearl’

A natural occurring hybrid between Phlox maculata and possibly Phlox glaberrima, this fabulous mildew-resistant Phlox is the happy outcome of a chance roadside sighting in Kemper, Mississippi by plantswoman Karen Partlow. Remaining unblemished all season, the long, slender glossy fresh green leaves clothe firm compact stems, bolstering droves of large rounded clusters with sweetly perfumed, crisp white flowers. Excellent for the front lines or where space is scarce, ‘Minnie Pearl’s virtues are plentiful: lengthy bloom time, short upright stance, slow spreading, pest-free habit and fantastic flowers that beguile the butterflies and hummingbirds and look fetching in a bouquet.

Blooms mid-April|ndash;June

Size: 12" – 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

This reliable hard working beauty parades massive ambrosial trusses hoisted by a compact bushy pedestal of well-branched sturdy stems and tailored green leaves that look lush all the way to the ground. The stylish, broad nearly 1 ft. tall blooms unfurl in light blue hues, mature with dazzling deep blue-violet shades and develop reddish purple margins as they age, while their stunning colors appear either more blue or more purple depending upon the light.

Blooms July|ndash;September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Phlox paniculata</i> ‘David’

Back in 1987, F. M. Mooberry of The Brandywine Conservancy spotted this outstanding, chance Phlox paniculata seedling and named it after her husband. A quintessential summertime border plant, ‘David’ is highly prized for his lustrous mildew-resistant greenery and huge, long-blooming fragrant flowers. Shapely triangular panicles illuminated in classic white stand some 6 to 9 in. tall, and nearly as wide, on erect stems with narrow, bristle-edged dark green leaves that are arranged in pairs.

Blooms July|#8211;September

Size: 3-1/2' – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Phlox paniculata</i> ‘David’s Lavender’

Originating as a chance sport of the esteemed variety, ‘David’, this cultivar flaunts broad, 8 to 10 in. tall, tightly packed flower heads with enchanting lilac hues. ‘David’s Lavender’ is a sophisticated mainstay for the garden that beckons both gardeners and butterflies alike, especially when accompanied by Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ and Centranthus ‘Coccineus’. (PPAF)

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3-1/2' – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Phlox paniculata</i> ‘Jeana’

Delighting both gardeners and butterflies, ‘Jeana’s magnificent tiered lavender-pink terminal clusters unfurl in a tightly packed fashion atop brawny, upright branching stems. Discovered by Jeana Prewitt on the banks of Tennessee’s Harpeth River, this delectable Phlox has a lot to toot its horn about: topnotch mildew resistance, perky slender green leaves throughout the season and large sweetly aromatic long-blooming flowers that incite a welcome frenzy of pollinator activity. 

Blooms July-September

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Phlox paniculata</i> ‘Nicky|#039; (|#039;Dusterlohe|#039;)’

Earning 4 stars at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Phlox trials, this well-endowed beauty premiers large scented pyramidal trusses poised in glamorous repose atop stiff steadfast stems and slender lance-shaped green leaves. Dark pinkish purple shades, which intensify as the plant matures, saturate the tight set velvet-rich flowers, composed of individual florets, each with a tubular corolla and 5 flat petal-like lobes. A popular attraction for winged visitors and a perfect choice for bouquets, ‘Nicky’ can be planted near Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ and Eupatorium ‘Gateway’.

Blooms July-September

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our featured plant: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Colorful Crocosmias, Be Awed by your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

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Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

YES, it’s possible to be in awe of your late August garden….

At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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