I love tall phlox in my garden and have several in different beds here and there. I love getting those big spikes of blooms in the summer after the bellflowers and lilies have finished their blooming. Many are just so fragrant and the breezes spread their fragrance across the yard on a hot summers day. When I am walking around the garden or watering I cannot help but grab a bloom and smell the fragrances of them.
This has been a hard summer for some of the tall phlox that grows in my garden. Especially for the old ‘Adonis’ pink.
Powdery mildew has hit it especially hard this year.
Even continuing sprayings of fungicides have no helped.
It has been too wet, humid and hot.
As a result ‘Adonis’ looks very naked of leaves on the lower part of its stems. It is in three different locations in my garden where the air circulation is good but even that has not kept it from getting mildewed. So I would not recommend this phlox for your garden. I baby it along because of its deep pink blooms and its wonderful fragrance.
‘Blue Boy’ has been getting mildew also and it is in a bed where it gets a lot of air flow so I would steer clear of it too if I were you or be prepared to babying it too.
Picture Courtesy of Breck’s
I am wondering about this ‘Jade’ phlox but it could look good in the right location and may be beautiful since I have not saw one in bloom before.
Do you have a Jade phlox in your garden?