Monday, June 06, 2011

Drummond's Phlox

Drummond's Phlox
Phlox drummondii ‘Blue Star’
(floks) (drum-AWN-dee-eye)
Synonyms: Annual Phlox

This is the first F1 Hybrid Phlox and it is gorgeous. The purple shading in this variety (it is often sold as a mix) is outstanding. Best if treated like an annual these new strains are said to last the whole season, which is a definite bonus compared to its older counterparts. It is best to plant this in the garden during the early season cool temperatures. ‘Blue Star’ Phlox has a well-branched mounded habit that gets about 12 inches tall. It likes full sun (5 to 6 hours per day) in moist well-drained soil. The bright colors can attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Since we have fallen behind at work (drat you rain) we have to pick up the pace a little. Thankfully the big annual plantings are in but there still a lot of big containers to plant with annuals. The season started a little slow for us but things keep getting added on (I am not complaining about it).


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Beautiful color on that bloom. So, an annual for you but a perennial for me???

SandyCarlson said...

Gorgeous is right. Wow! I would love to see these in person. I will find me some!