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Annual phlox is a native wildflower in areas of Texas. As such, you can guess it's a wonderfully heat- and drought-tolerant variety. In late spring and summer, it shows off clusters of red, pink, lavender, or white flowers.
Because it's easy to grow and puts on such a great display, it's a good choice for beginning gardeners who have to tackle a hot, dry spot. Remove the flower clusters as they fade to encourage more blooms and pinch the plants back in summer if they start to get leggy.
how to grow Annual phlox
more varieties for Annual phlox
Astoria Blue phlox
(Astoria Blue Phlox) is a long-blooming variety with lovely lavender-blue flowers and a mounding habit. It grows 24 inches tall and 30 inches wide.
Crystal Series phlox
(Phlox drummondii 'Crystal Series') offers fringed flowers in a range of colors. It grows 14 inches tall and wide.
Intensia Blueberry phlox
(Intensia Blueberry Phlox) attracts butterflies with its profusion of blue-purple flowers from spring to fall. It grows 12 inches tall and wide.
Intensia Cabernet phlox
(Intensia White Phlox) is a delightful selection with rich purple-pink flowers from spring to fall. It grows 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
Intensia Lavender Glow phlox
(Intensia Lavender Glow Phlox) thrives in hot and cool weather, producing clusters of lavender-pink flowers on a plant that grows 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
Intensia Orchid Blast phlox
(Intensia Orchid Blast Phlox) offers tons of orchid-pink flowers on a mounding, disease-resistant plant. It grows 1 foot tall and wide.
Intensia White phlox
(Intensia White Phlox) is a floriferous selection with sparkling white flowers on a disease-resistant plant that grows 1 foot tall and wide.
Phloxy Lady Pink phlox
(Phloxy Lady Pink Phlox) has a longer bloom season than most and shows off lovely pink flowers. It grows 1 foot tall and wide.
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