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FutureStarrCreeping Phlox Vs Phloxer
One of 67 different annual and perennial flowers in the plant family Polemoniaceae, phlox comes in shades of white, pink, fuchsia, pale blue, lilac, deep red and dark purple. As the National Gardening Association notes, phlox is easy to cultivate and adapts to most moist, well-draining soils. Phlox exhibits deep evergreen, feathery foliage. According to Longfield Gardens, garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Spring blooming creeping phlox and tall summer phlox comprise the two main types of phlox generally.
Available in virtually every color of the rainbow, creeping phlox varieties add color to spring flowerbeds, rock gardens and under shrubs and trees. Creeping phlox adds a sweet vanilla-clove scent to the garden that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. This low-growing ground cover reaches from 3 to 8 inches tall. Phlox subulata, also known as thrift phlox or garden phlox, is a hardy, low-growing evergreen plant with a mossy appearance. The plant spreads to form large clumps covered with pale lilac-colored blooms.The more than 50 different types of phlox include annuals and perennials. Annual African Sunset Phlox (Phlox drummondii), a hybrid cultivar found in many home gardens, presents vivid 1-inch-wide deep red flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The narrow-leafed, deep green foliage grows from 12 to 18 inches tall. Annual phlox thrives in soil with a pH range of 4.5 to 7.0 and prefers a full sun location with normal to moist, nutrient-rich soil.
Among types of phlox favored by landscape gardeners, perennial phlox displays flowers in bold and pastel shades of blue, purple, pink, red, salmon and white. Phlox paniculata 'David' is a pure white, free-flowering variety of perennial phlox that brightens up dark spots of the garden. 'Peppermint Twist' phlox displays large clusters of pink and white variegated flowers. 'Coral Crème Drop,' a newly developed hybrid cultivar, presents deep coral-colored flowers with a pungent, sweet fragrance. Perennial phlox pairs well in the garden with Shasta daisies, daylilies and Oriental poppies. Phlox paniculata 'Laura' adds deep-purple color to the garden with a mildew-resistant variety developed for its hardiness and visual interest. 'Red Wing,' 'Fort Hill,' 'Blue Emerald' and 'White Delight' are hardy, color intense, free-flowering hybrid varieties.Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) is a low maintenance, colorful plant valued by gardeners seeking continuous sequence of bloom. There are over 60 species of phlox, but garden phlox is the most popular. Many produce fragrant blooms right into late summer, when other perennials have finished blooming. All cultivars of this perennial need a well-drained, rich, moist soil and have average water needs. Here are 15 types of garden phlox in a variety of colors that will add to your garden. (Source: www.thespruce.com)