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Phlox Care Tips

by User Not Found | Apr 07, 2014


Phlox is an ideal flower for the back of your border. It has a fantastic fragrance and requires very little maintenance. You can grow it either in a pot or in a border and can choose from a variety of colours: lavender, pink, orange, white and red. It flowers from July to September and it can reach up to four feet high so remember to stake it.

Phlox likes to be planted in a shady spot and it prefers shade from the wall or a fence rather that overhead shade from a tree. It will grow in a place with as little as four hours of sunshine.

For those of you who are looking for a plant to cover their borders we have an alpine Phlox. It can grow in some extreme conditions surviving arctic winds and poor soil. The only thing that it requires is a lot of sunshine. So find a sunny spot in your garden and let’s get planting!

Fergal's Bio

Hi my name is Fergal, I have been a horticulturist with CountryLife since April 2009 in the New Ross branch . I have a BSC in horticulture which I received from WIT and Kildalton College . Before joining CountryLife I worked in Ballymaloe cookery school in Shanagary Co. Cork were I was involved in fruit and vegetable production for the cookery school and also the farmers Market in Middleton every Saturday. After Ballymaloe I went to work in Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford where I worked on the grounds of the estate maintaining the gardens. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants. Fergal