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Phlox Description

Phlox originally largely in North America although some species are from the North East of Asia. Compact and bushy, phlox has established itself as a traditional annual. Its' brightly coloured blooms are often found in flower beds and borders.

The blossoms come in a range of colours including white, pink, mauve and red. Most have a central eye in a contrasting colour. Pale green foliage is largely obscured by the profusion of flowers on typical phlox plants. Phlox blooms continuously from the middle of summer until early autumn

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Cultivation of Phlox Plants

Phlox Blooms

Sow Phlox seeds at the beginning of spring protected at a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. Prick out the seeds into boxes of potting compost and harden off ahead of planting outdoors in late spring or early in the summer.

The site chosen for permanent planting should be and open and sunny position. Phlox plants do well in ordinary garden soil with adequate drainage.

Deadheading will help to maintain the profusion of flowers right through the flowering season.

Popular Varieties of Phlox

The following lists some popular varieties of Phlox.

Petticoat Low-growing, small blooms, white, pink, red, violet & lavender petals
Carnival Mixed

Large blossoms, contrasting centre eye, flowers mixed colours

Beauty Mixed Dwarf, large blooms, white, pink, red, mauve
Carpet Phlox Matting, low-growing, white, pink or blue flowers
Showy Phlox

Shrub-like, lance-shaped leaves, white or pink blooms

Large Flowered Mixed Tall, large flowers, variety of colours

Phlox Pests and Diseases

Phlox can be susceptible to mildew on the leaves and the stems and leaves of young plants can come under attack from slugs and snails.

Height 24cm

Phlox - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 15cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from early summer to early autumn Order Ericales
Well-drained ordinary soil Family Polemoniaceae
Sunny site Genus Phlox
Hardy annual    
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Ageratum Daffodil Lily of the Valley Snapdragon
Alstroemeria Dahlia Lobelia Snowdrop
Anemone Daisy Marigold Stock
Babys Breath Delphinium Pansy Sunflower
Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
Bells of Ireland Freesia Petunia Sweet Pea
Busy Lizzie Gladiolus Phlox Tulip
Chrysanthemum Hollyhock Poppy Wallflower

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