Growing Variegated Garden Phlox: Phlox paniculata 'Becky Towe'

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Growing Variegated Garden Phlox

By 4susiesjoy
April 23, 2014

They are sometimes startling in the contrast between their leaves and flowers, but variegated cultivars of Phlox paniculata put on a bright and colorful display in the garden.

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Name: Anna
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Apr 23, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Hi everyone.... I got Becky Towe (that's my photo above) when I 1st moved here & it only lasted 2 years. It's such a gorgeous plant & I was saddened that it didn't make it here. I'd love to ry it again tho. I have other phlox that do well & increase, but the variegated leaves really add a new dimension to the garden. I'd like to hear from others that grow it, or other variegated phlox as to how they do in other gardens.
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Feb 1, 2016 9:02 AM CST
Hi there, I had a similar experience growing Becky Towe, it only lasted 3 years and third and final year it came up thin and weak did off soon after. I live in zone 5b and the plant tag grown by Hertiage Perennials states its hardy to zone 3. I have had success with Nora Leigh who I've enjoyed in my garden for at least 6 years now and is going strong still and every year comes up bushy and tall with lots of pale pink flowers. The leaves do occasionally get a bit of scorch in August sometimes on the edges where it is white. For the past couple of years on all my garden phloxes I have been getting attacked by spider mites, I spray water on the undersides of the leaves to discourage the mites from staying. Anybody else gets these mites? It causes the leaves to turn yellow and then brown, affects flower production if infested early in the season. Any other control methods? Thanks

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