The Q&A Archives: Where To Plant Phlox?

Question: I have a choice of three locations to plant some perennial phlox plants. I can plant them along the north side of the house where they will stay moist, cool and only get full sun in the morning or I can plant them along the south side where they will require frequent overhead watering but recieve full sun and a lot more heat reflected off the white house. I could also plant them along the west side of a detached garage but I don't think they could stand the -30F winters. Which would be better?

Answer: To some extent the answer depends on what type of phlox you have. The woodland and stoloniferous creeping phloxes would do fine on the north side of the house in partial shade or morning sun, and creeping phlox (P. subulata) would do fine on the south side. Carolina phlox would probably be okay on either the south or the east side as it is a fairly adaptable plant. The tall garden phlox, P. paniculata, however, prefers full sun with a good rich and evenly moist soil, needs good air circulation and should not be watered from overhead if at all avoidable. You might want to experiment and see which of these locations works better.

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