Thanks to its abundant flowers, the phlox is a very popular plant for the garden. It is also quickly recognized by the hobby gardener. But there are also exceptionally pretty species that differ from the typical and well-known varieties. For this reason, they are more difficult to recognize and are usually missing in the gardens. We would therefore like to offer you different types of Phlox plants as well as give you some tips on how to care for it.
Plant phlox as a ground cover
The flame flower should not be missing in any garden. They are extremely easy to care for and can be planted in almost any area of the garden. Since the different phlox plants also have different flowering times, you can combine them perfectly with each other in order to enjoy bright colors for a long period of time throughout the season.
Planting phlox – Annual and perennial species
The phlox plants, which are also known under the name “flame flowers”, are available as annual as well as perennial species. They grow bushy and have many small flowers that cover the entire plant. The perennial species are again divided into two categories. On the one hand there are the low-growing varieties, which you can use wonderfully as ground cover, and on the other hand the higher varieties in the form of bushes.
Among the annual varieties, the Phlox drumondii is particularly popular. Since this species can grow up to 30 cm high, it is ideal for adding colorful accents in the form of small bushes. A large distance between the plants does not have to be observed here, as the roots grow deep into the earth, but not very broad. However, the stem of this species is heavily branched. So if you want to plant this type of phlox, you will get exactly the bushy growth that you expect.
The colors of the flowers of this phlox species are extremely diverse and can also be wonderfully combined with one another. The long flowering period from the end of June to the end of September transforms your garden into a true flowering dream that you can even replace and renew every year. A multiplication takes place only with the help of seeds. These are sown in March.
These types of phlox plants love the sun, so you can easily find a sunny spot for them. If necessary, a penumbra can also be chosen. The Phlox drumondii gets along well there too. The plant doesn’t like waterlogging at all. Therefore, make sure that the soil is well water-permeable, but also rich in nutrients, so that a lush flowering time can be guaranteed. Water only moderately often.
If you want to plant phlox in the garden, the phlox arendsii is also a great choice. This is again an annual plant that dies in the winter. If you want to have them in the garden again next year, either buy new plants in the spring or by dividing the plant.
As a potted plant
It is best to plant this phlox in a place with light shade and a water-permeable soil. It is wonderfully suitable for decorating fences or house facades and is also very good in the rock garden. The phlox is also very pretty in the flower pot. For this purpose, choose a model for the floor of the terrace or a pot to hang up. You can also decorate the windows with the Arendsii.
The Arendsii has its flowering time in June and July, whereby the flowers can be either a light purple, purple or white color and have a pink or red eye. They smell wonderfully good, especially in the evening. With a height of 40 to 60 cm, these phlox plants are again wonderfully suitable as a bush.
If you have decided to plant a perennial phlox in the garden, you can also choose the phlox subulata. It grows very low with its 5 to 10 centimeters and is therefore perfect as a ground cover. A densely growing white or pink carpet is formed thanks to the many flower stems, each about 1 cm in diameter.
This phlox species blooms as early as May. The flowering period lasts about a month. However, the plants are no less attractive afterwards. The tiny leaves also grow, so that the Phlox subulata is also very suitable as a green ground cover. By dividing the phlox plants, you can expand the vegetated area every year.
The variety is very drought-resistant and also gets along well with a calcareous soil, which, however, has to be well permeable to water. Abundant flowering is best encouraged by a sunny spot. These phlox plants are therefore very suitable for creating a rock garden. Wherever you plant this strain, keep its low height in mind. A place in the front row of the bed is more suitable so that the plant can also be seen clearly.
The phlox douglasii has similar requirements. The flowers, which are larger in this species, make a difference. The choice of colors is more diverse and they are also particularly strong. The requirements for the environment can be compared with those of the Phlox subulata. So orient yourself towards the subulata when planting this phlox.
Among the taller, perennial species, two are particularly common in gardens. One of them is the Phlox divaricata, which grows to a height of between 25 and 50 cm. The larger the bush, the fewer the leaves on the stems, which are otherwise sticky. However, this does not make these phlox plants look bare.
The phlox blooms just as profusely and in a light blue color. They appear in spring, and more precisely in April or May. If you want to plant the phlox and gradually multiply, the best way to do this is by dividing it. Find a place in the garden in the sun or at least partial shade, whereby the soil should be rich in nutrients.
It doesn’t have to be poured often. Moderate watering will do just fine. In principle, you can decorate any sunny area in the garden with the Phlox divaricata. It is particularly popular as an accent in the rock garden or as a plant along a garden fence. You can also decorate the terrace with this representative.
The phlox paniculata is also one of the popular species for the garden. This is the largest representative of the phlox plants from our list and is between 60 and 120 cm high. It is again a perennial plant, but it is recommended to change it every 5 years. Over time, the plant loses its aesthetic appearance.
Propagation and flowering
If you prefer the division for propagation, keep in mind that this should be done with these Phlox plants up to an age of 2 years. The flowers of the species just mentioned are quite large. You can choose between different shades of pink and white flowers that appear in late summer and, more precisely, in August and September.
Location for the phlox panicula
A place in the blazing sun should be avoided when planting this phlox as the leaves could burn. The shade, in turn, promotes the formation of powdery mildew. Therefore, the penumbra is the perfect location for the phlox panicula. The soil, in turn, has to be well drained and rich in nutrients.
Paniculata as a single plant
Since this species is a tall book, it should be placed in the garden as a single plant. This is how it comes into its own. This type of flame flower can be wonderfully combined with other colorful flowers. Also, use them if you’ve divided up beds in the garden depending on when they are in bloom. With it you can ensure that you can still enjoy the splendor of flowers in late summer.