Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Phlox

Description:  Phlox in bloom are a sight to behold, with masses of small, star-shaped, colorful flowers blanketing the plants. There are several types, the most common of which are spring-blooming creeping phlox and summer-blooming tall phlox.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: Mid summer

Height: 6''-2' (depending on species)

Spacing: 1-2 feet apart

Sun Needs: Shade-full sun (depending on species) 

Water Needs: Medium

Outstanding Features: Attracts hummingbirds, attracts butterflies, easy care/low maintenance, multiplies readily, fragrant

Uses: Cut flowers, showy garden flowers

Tips (for care):  Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. As flowers fade, cut back old flower stems to encourage rebloom. Divide tall garden phlox every 2 to 3 years to promote vigor and minimize disease problems. After the first killing frost, cut stems on tall phlox back to an inch or two above soil line.

There are 67 species, including:

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