Perennials forum: Phlox Blue Paradise

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Mar 4, 2016 2:47 PM CST
I'm looking to add a Garden Phlox to my new perennial bed when spring ever/ finally arrives here. Grumbling I have David in another bed that could be divided and moved there but was looking at Blue Paradise. Is that a variety that is recommended by you phlox lovers? Mildew resistance is important as is rich color and decent bloom time; I'm not really a pastel lover. Shorter varieties I would consider are Classic Cassis and Grenadine Dream; all three of these varieties are available to me from my Garden Club fundraiser so I would like to choose one of them. Any thoughts appreciated.
Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Mar 7, 2016 9:36 AM CST
I love phlox, but we don't have Blue Paradise. I checked it out online (pretty flowers!) and it's described as mildew resistant, though of course it would be better if someone could confirm that from first hand experience. It's listed as blooming from July to September. Smiling
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Mar 7, 2016 9:38 AM CST
Blue Paradise is one I'd like to add this year too. I believe JoAnn grows them? @ge1836 isn't BP the blue variety you grow?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Mar 7, 2016 10:10 AM CST
Yes I have several clumps here.
I never checked for mildew so I can't confirm either way.
The blooms are truly blue early in the morning.
This is Blue Paradise with Sherbet Blend, BP far left.

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As the day wears on with full sun the blooms are more rose,

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Evening, back to blue
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Mar 7, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Gorgeous! I think you would have noticed if mildew had been a problem- the leaves would be dusted with white with brown tips, and the foliage looks great in your photos.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 7, 2016 12:47 PM CST
Neal, yes. Phlox David is a mess every summer.
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Mar 7, 2016 1:26 PM CST
No mildew trouble here either!

It is not very blue though except in low-light conditions. Here are a few from last summer
This is Blue Paradise with David sporting the midday color in the late afternoon under fairly sunny conditions--
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Cloudy/rain
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~10am--very hazy--you can see how white the sky is--I think that might have been when the west was on fire
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 7, 2016 1:32 PM CST
Dirt, those are beauties.
Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Mar 7, 2016 1:37 PM CST
Indeedy!
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Mar 7, 2016 2:31 PM CST
Dirt, gorgeous photos! And you are so very masterful at color harmony and textural contrast!

JoAnn, I'm surprised David gets mildew, it's touted as mildew resistant. The only one I have that ever gets mildew is an old one called Prime Minister.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 7, 2016 2:55 PM CST
yep it does.

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Mar 7, 2016 6:27 PM CST
You've got me convinced! Thank You!
Beautiful photos Jo Ann and Dirt; love the contrast between the white daisies, phlox and the blue. Maybe I will move some David Phlox into that bed after all to join Blue Paradise. Love the lilies too!
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Mar 7, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Aw--thank you--I've had some real hideous combinations in that area previously, so far this is a better one now--maybe I'll let it be for a while and work on some other disaster areas. I had hoped the Paradise Blue would be more blue--there is catmint, and some other stuff, at the base of all that and I do like the blue there.

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copperbeech
Mar 14, 2016 8:47 AM CST
Debbie, we have had this full sun stand of BP Phlox in this location for several years. It performs very well ie great fragrance, minimal mold and mildew and a reasonable rebloom with dead heading. Here it is from last season:


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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Mar 14, 2016 9:35 AM CST
Pretty - love the colour Lovey dubby
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Mar 14, 2016 12:13 PM CST
That's lovely, Copperbeech. Lovey dubby Where are you located? If you click on your profile tab at the top left side of the page, you can add that info. It will be helpful to others who live either in or close to your gardening zone.
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copperbeech
Mar 18, 2016 7:17 AM CST
Thanks Deebie and clifton.

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