Phlox are showy and long-blooming. They grow best in rich, moist soil in full sun. Phlox requires good air circulation and consistent moisture, but avoid overhead watering. Deadhead to encourage rebloom. To minimize possible powdery mildew infection from overwintering, cut plants to the ground in late fall and remove along with any plant debris.
Phlox paniculatas are upright perennials with stiff stems and dark green leaves. Fragrant tubular florets are densely packed for maximum attraction to butterflies.
‘Lilac Flame’ is a dwarf cultivar with large clusters of fragrant flowers. Flowers have magenta-mauve petals with a tiny white eye. The compact bushy habit makes this a good choice for containers as well as in the garden.
Height: 1-1.5 ft.
Spread: 0.75-1 ft.
Bloom time: July to September
Sun: full sun to part shade
According to Rutgers University, Phlox are “occasionally severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Perennial Resource