Perennial phlox

Phlox paniculata 'Tenor'

Perennial phlox - Phlox paniculata  'Tenor'

Common Name: Perennial phlox
Genus: Phlox
Species: paniculata
Cultivar: 'Tenor'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to October

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 variety bears large trusses of fragrant rose-red flowers from July to October on tall stems with narrow toothed mid-green leaves. This long-flowering vigorous perennial will tolerate full sun or partial shade but like all phlox does not like soil that dries out in summer. Try it in the middle of a border as part of a deep blues and purple colour scheme. The stems need supporting in spring before the flowers appear.

  • 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 and spring.

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