The Advantages of Planting Tall Phlox Plants
Phlox drummondii -fashioned cottage gardens spring to life when tall phlox explodes into bloom. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Growing over 3 feet tall, it has a variety of uses in the landscape. Popular as a background, border against a white picket fence, or lining a pathway invites a peaceful pause in life. Add some plants by the garden gate as a welcoming invitation for hummingbirds and butterflies. What is more beautiful than native bluebirds in pink phlox?
The 1-inch wide flowers bloom in large, dome-shaped clusters throughout the summer months in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8.
Not only prized by perennial gardeners as long-bloomers, but they also send out a come-hither scent with their fragrance, which makes them great candidates for cut flowers. Plant enough to bring summer romance indoors with vases of scented bouquets all through your home. Plan your color schemes to roll in waves of whites, lavenders, and pinks. Even the foliage is eye-catching as it displays up to 5-inch long tapered leaves on a sturdy deep-green stem. Resilience is a virtue here as this hardy plant returns yearly to glorify the garden. It thrives in sunny areas and multiplies into clusters.
You can grow hardy-tall phlox even if you don't have a green thumb. Plant multiple varieties in early spring, using compost-amended soil, which allows the roots to spread and develop healthier stems and blooms. Add 10-10-10 fertilizer when planting and make another application just before blossoms appear. To encourage another final flush of blooms, fertilize again after the first blooms fade. Please pay special attention to hydration until the plants become accustomed to their new home and respond by showing new growth. Naturalizing tall phlox into meadow areas helps transform landscapes into glorious pastel shades. Use wildflowers to cover high road banks. Their easy care and natural habit of proliferating soon have the whole area alive with color. Once instigating the first planting, you can sit back and watch nature perform.