PERENNIAL PLANT OF THE YEAR FOR 2002
Zone 3 - 9
'David' is a gorgeous summer phlox, with very large, clear white, flower heads, blooming from July to September. It forms a sizeable clump over time and has a very upright form. Unlike many varieties of summer phlox, 'David' has excellent mildew resistance and is also quite fragrant. Grow this exceptional phlox, in sun to partial shade, in rich humus soil. It prefers an evenly moist, but not soggy, location, and benefits from the application of a natural fertilizer, such as bonemeal and well rotted manure. Having said that, this plant is also very tolerant of less than idea conditions and will tolerate drier conditions. HEIGHT: 100-120 cm SPREAD: 100-120 cm
General Information Summer Phlox
Big, bold, beautiful flowerheads from July until September. Lovely, tall border perennials for sun to partial shade. Very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Great for cutting. Unfortunately, powdery mildew is frequently a problem. As a preventative measure, plant Phlox in rich humus soil in a spot with good air circulation. Do not over crowd. Avoid overhead watering. Water deeply at the ground level to get the moisture where the roots can actually use it. Mildew is usually a sign that the plant is stressed, ie not getting enough moisture. Some of the newer varieties of Summer Phlox have been bred to be more mildew resistant.
1 gallon container size
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