Perennial phlox

Phlox paniculata 'Franz Schubert'

Perennial phlox - Phlox paniculata  'Franz Schubert'

Common Name: Perennial phlox
Genus: Phlox
Species: paniculata
Cultivar: 'Franz Schubert'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Phlox have always been country garden favourites for their delicious scent and attraction to butterflies and bees. This long flowering variety has large fragrant trusses of pearlised lilac flowers which provide excellent cut flower material. Planted in the middle rank of a border this perennial looks wonderful with the inky blue spikes of Salvia or any of the Veronicastrums to extend summer colour into the early autumn. It will tolerate full sun or partial shade but like all phlox does not like soil that dries out in summer.

  • Garden care: Support with bamboo canes brushwood or ring stakes before the flowers appear. Phlox are greedy plants so apply a mulch 5-7cm (2-3 in) deep of well-rotted garden compost or manure in early spring. Shear off the spent flowers to prevent reseeding. If the leaves show signs of powdery mildew cut down to the ground and dispose of the affected foliage but do not compost it. Clear away the debris around the plant to reduce the chances of reinfection. Cut down to the ground in autumn. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.


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