i want 2 of the orange perfection . i missed getting it last time i sold it. now that i have seen phlox that is purple i need to see phlox of other colors. which colors do any of you grow and which ones really stand out en masse?
debra..........i need to rework the phlox bed and add more dirt and manure. then i bet these phlox will do real nice in the right spot.
There are a couple with white-edged leaves that I like a lot. I have one that made it through last winter... hopefully next year it'll take off and form a bigger clump.
I really love the big flowers and intricate watercolor look of 'Franz Schubert', but it doesn't see to be one of the toughest varieties, at least not in my garden.
They vary in how much trouble they have with powdery mildew... resistance is good! There are also a growing number of dwarf varieties, which I like planting with taller ones as well as on their own in a border... the lower blooms help hide the less attractive stems on the taller phlox plants.
your stems get unattractive TOO? i thought that was just a texas thing. some that i admit were not planted in the right medium always lost their lower leaves. just dried up. leaves at the top were fine. but next year when i have these phlox in near perfect soil i'll see if the same thing happens.
do you think phlox like it sandier or more composted?
I think Phlox varieties are pretty adaptable as far as soil goes... my MIL has sandy loam; I have amended clay; both of us grow garden phlox just fine.
I always like varieties with a white or contrasting eye as far as standing out en masse.
btw, I just cmailed you about a wholesale source... we (group buy for local DGers) got bare root phlox from them a couple of times & were very pleased. They had the shorter "Flame" varieties last spring -- pink, purple, and white w/red eye. This is the first year I've had them in the garden, so I can't comment on overwintering or increasing, but they looked good this year. I like their astilbes, too.