Gardens and landscapes that incorporate a flow of color make an impressive presentation. Adding some taller, continuously flowering plants makes the vibrant presentation even more impressive. Tall Phlox will blend beautifully with ground cover, or stand out visually as an isolated specimen.
From statuesque, sturdy stalks, reaching 2 ½ to over 3 feet tall, the plant blooms in magnificent clusters. Colors range from a pure white, a perfect blend with multicolored ground covers, to a deep purple hue. There are an estimated 142 cultivated varieties spanning the color spectrum from a light pink to a deep red. Mixed together in the same planting, these dramatic color variations can present a spectacular display.
The blooms can last many weeks, and they are a perennial species of decorative flora, returning year after year. Many varieties also present a delightful aromatic scent. Their vibrant color also seems to have magnetism for butterflies, so there can be pollinated seed heads produced by late summer, into early fall.
Tall Phlox is easy to grow in moderately fertile soil, and while they like moisture, they thrive in well-drained planters as well. They benefit from a light thinning of the stalks as the flower clusters become dense. These cuttings make fabulous additions to flower vases.