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Phlox selections


Phlox are one of those bounteous summer flowers any large sunny flowerbed or border shouldn't be without. There are several different kinds of phlox. Garden and meadow phlox produce large panicles of fragrant flowers in a wide assortment of colors. They also add height, heft, and charm to a border. Low-growing wild Sweet William, moss pinks, and creeping phlox are effective as ground covers, at the front of the border, and as rock and wild garden plants, especially in light shade. These native gems have been hybridized extensively especially to toughen the foliage against mildew problems; many recent selections are mildew-resistant. Phlox need amply moist soil for best overall health.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
8-48 inches tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
6-36 inches wide, depending on variety
Flower Color:
Red, yellow, or orange flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms spring and summer, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Cut Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise') offers purple-blue flowers that appear to change color throughout the day. It grows 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox subulata) is a low mounding plant smothered with bright flowers in spring. Its slender 1/2-inch leaves are evergreen, stiff and prickly. It seldom tops 6 inches tall. Zones 3-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'David') is a disease resistant selection with fragrant, pure-white flowers that grows 4 feet tall. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'Franz Schubert') bears big flowerheads of lilac-pink blooms in summer and early fall. It grows 3 feet tall. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'Laura') grows about 3 feet tall with mildew-resistant leaves and large dense panicles of fragrant purple flowers accented with a white eye. It is very long blooming from mid-summer to fall when it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox maculata 'Miss Lingard') bears strongly fragrant pure-white flowers in early summer. It grows 3 feet tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 5-8
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(Phlox maculata 'Natasha') grows 3-feet tall with mildew-resistant foliage. Its fragrant white flowers are marked with a raspberry pink star. Butterflies flock to it. Zones 5-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'Natural Feelings') displays unique, thready lavender-pink flowers from midsummer to fall. It grows 28 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'Orange Perfection') shows off coral-pink flowers from summer to fall. It grows 32 inches tall and 14 inches wide. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'Peppermint Twist') is a groundbreaking selection with pink flowers striped with white. It grows 16 inches tall and 14 inches wide. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'Sherbet Cocktail') offers unique purple flowers tipped in chartreuse. It offers good disease resistance and flowers from midsummer to fall. It grows 28 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Zones 4-8
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(Phlox paniculata 'Volcano Purple') is a compact, disease-resistant selection with rich purple flowers. It grows 26 inches tall and 24 inches wide.
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(Phlox divaricata) is a shade-loving wildflower with fragrant, lavender-purple flowers in spring. It grows 1 foot tall. Zones 4-8
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Plant It With

The sparkling white heads of perennial candytuft show off well against the vibrant pinks, reds, and lavenders of mountain pinks in sun.

Baby's breath

In summer, baby's breath has clouds of delicate white single of double blooms that present an airy picture against strong colored garden phlox in full sun.

Shasta daisy

Highland White Dream Shasta daisy has semi-double 4- to 5-inch white daisies on strong 3-foot stems and is a fine companion for garden phlox in sun.

Blazing star

In sun, the erect bright purple wands of blazing star make an interesting contrast with the rounded heads of summer phlox.