Phlox paniculata 18-24" tall. A compact variety with large fragrant cherry-red flowers.
Extend flowering season by watering and prompt deadheading. Benefits from regular side-dressing and prefers humus-rich soil that stays cool and moist in summer. Plant 12–24" apart, full sun to partial shade. Z3. (bare-root crowns)
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Phlox produces large spreading clusters of fragrant showy long-blooming flowers in mid to late summer. Wonderful color and fragrance for accents, border or naturalized area. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Essential component of late-summer wedding bouquets.
Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.