Perennials forum: Tall phlox

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jul 29, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Mine haven't but the flopping could be the result of stems that aren't strong enough. Some people cut off every other stem at the base to allow for more air circulation (helping to cut down on mildew issues) and it may improve the stem strength.
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Claudia
Jul 31, 2015 5:22 PM CST
To prevent self seeding remove spent flowers ASAP. Mine do seed. I was not aware of that and have been pulling volunteers out all spring & summer. I may get id of it.
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Weedyseedy
Jul 31, 2015 10:28 PM CST
Once I spied a clump of lavender in the woods along a roadside and when I stopped found they were some wild species off phlox. I illegally dug some and as punishment, I think, they have spread far and wide almost twenty feet and are impossible to eliminate. They spread by roots, long hairy ones and if you pull them every blasted hair sprouts a new plant. On the other hand, I found some small boxes of phlox Laura in our super market for three something. I bought one. They were small live little divisions. It died. I got stubborn. I bought another. It died. Over thirty dollars later I tried potting one up and finally got one to live. It has taken over five years for that plant to form a clump but now it is too thick and looks beautiful but is hidden behind a huge clump of cone flowers. Two years ago I decided to learn how to pollinate it and cross it with a clump of a late white phlox-finally got about twenty seeds that remain in the refrigerator as I'm not sure how to germinate them. I shall try again this year and maybe just plant the seeds outside or learn to winter sow them.--Weedy
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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 1, 2015 2:32 AM CST
Good luck with the seeds!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 1, 2015 7:36 AM CST
While I am posting about phlox, I want to complain about Orange Perfection. It is a big disappointment. Hasnt increased and blooms are small.
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Frillylily
Aug 2, 2015 10:10 AM CST
I understand that it isn't really orange either?
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Aug 2, 2015 10:50 AM CST
There are no true orange phlox. They are all shades of pink
Name: Susan
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stilldew
Aug 2, 2015 1:29 PM CST
I love phlox, but have killed way too many. Your David is wonderful Jo Anne and Arlene, all of your are so nice too. Mine either just don't come back after winter or get mildew.
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Aug 3, 2015 8:48 AM CST
I agree about Orange Perfection. It didn't do well for me at all. And no, it isn't orange.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 3, 2015 9:15 AM CST
Mine are more Fire red.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Aug 9, 2015 3:47 AM CST
Interesting that Orange Perfection doesn't perform well for you, considering your success with lots of other varieties. It does well here, but is the last one to start blooming- usually around the end of July.


I just picked up a new one a few days ago called "Blue Flame". Our local Kroger grocery has a limited, but nice selection of perennials. They had about a half dozen Blue Flame that caught my eye one day, and after looking around the garden I found a great spot for it. Went back and they only had one left, which isn't as blue as the rest, but still pretty. Hoping it will appear more blue later...
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 9, 2015 4:36 AM CST
I love Blue Flame.
I tried a Mystique Black Phlox, the only time it was Black was when it was budded. When blooms opened it was pale lilac.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 9, 2015 5:38 AM CST
JoAnn, Mystique Black is really striking!
"...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
Aug 9, 2015 7:07 AM CST
Alas the plugs I planted didnt survive the second year.

Weedyseedy
Sep 12, 2015 9:10 PM CST
Well I continue to pollinate the phlox, now I have seeds on a late white from Laura pollen and dozens of seeds on Laura and this year I obtained seeds from both cultivars on a wild species. The wild one is the very devil to identify and maybe it is really an escape because I dug it up along a country road. There are dozens of species of wild phlox!!Winter sow??? ---Weedy
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Sep 13, 2015 4:20 AM CST
Winter sowing does well for phlox.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Sep 13, 2015 8:36 AM CST
I planted a Blue Flame also. It is very pale blue, nearly white, but a nice dwarf selection. My Coral Flame of the same series is an outstanding performer.
I just got one Franz Schubert late this summer. Anyone have that, and does it do well?
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Sep 13, 2015 9:00 AM CST
Yes! I love Franz Schubert! Such a pretty color and a good grower - no mildew.


Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Sep 19, 2015 5:55 AM CST
Thanks Arlene! I got a small sale plant from Santa Rosa a couple of weeks before my post above. It bloomed already and is indeed a very pretty color.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Sep 19, 2015 8:02 AM CST
Glad you like it. I have it in two areas and love it.

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