Monday, July 25, 2011

North America Native Except One

Odd, only one other Phlox is not native to North America out of the 67 species and it comes from Siberia, really? Another fact: all are perennials except one is an annual. I think Phlox is over looked due to the fact that they are summer bloomers and not in bloom when most gardeners are buying their first of the season plants. I have planted the garden varieties "Phlox paniculata" which are tall between 3' to 4', but there are also Alpines, Woodland, Prairie, and Creeping. I have never seen but a few other gardens that grow the tall variety.




Butterflies, Bumblebees and Hummingbirds find phlox irresistible, but its charms are not restricted to daytime pollinators. Moths may hover next to its blossoms from late afternoon to dusk. Night moths may be drawn to the flowers on summer evenings, as the sweet scent of phlox drifts across the garden. Although many phlox varieties are attractive to moths, those with pale-colored or white blossoms are true stars after dark.

One thing about phlox is they are not drought tolerant.
Phlox likes fertile, organic-rich beds with good drainage and full sun. So how well do they do here at Beech Street, they do just fine. I think they can handle the conditions better than they let on.

USDA hardiness zone 4 to zone 8

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