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Phlox Flower in bloom are a sight to behold, with masses of small, star-shaped, colorful flowers blanketing the plants. There are several types, the most common of which are spring-blooming creeping phlox and summer-blooming tall phlox. Phlox is a Greek word meaning ‘flame’ . It was most likely named thusly due to its bright and vivid colors. Phlox originally came from North America and was available in England by the early 1800s. It quickly grew in popularity and today it is still found growing wild in gardens across the country.
Phlox can self-seed and divide easily in the garden and flowers from garden phlox are available from summer to mid-autumn, depending on the species. Cultivated phlox are available throughout the year.
The genus is phlox and there are 67 species of annuals and shrubs within this genus. The species P.paniculata is the tall garden plant and some popular varieties include Red Riding Hood, which produces rich cherry-red flowers between mid and late summer and Bright Eyes, which has pink flowers with a dark centre.
There are many different colors of Phlox available, although the most common are white, pink, mauve, lavender, blue, orange, red and purple. There are also two-tone phloxes, as well as a number with variegated foliage. Phlox prosper in a cool sunny climate, well-watered, in rich sweet soil. In much of the country, they will thrive in full sun, although partial shade is fine, as long as the plants receive at least 6 hours of direct sun. In the southern or hot climes, partial shade is recommended. The soil should be rich and slightly sweet (alkaline), so if your soil tends towards the acidic side, regular applications of lime is recommended, say every two or three years. The plants should be set in quite rich soil, enriched with compost or aged manure. This type of soil will also hold water well, an important feature, for phlox do not do well in hot dry soils.