How to Grow Phlox Plants

The thing I love most about Phlox plants is their amazing versatility! Don’t get me wrong… they’re amongst the most gorgeous plants I’ve ever seen, but the fact that they can flourish in virtually every type of garden setting, that’s what makes them one of my favorites. Phlox flowers have a star like form and come in endearing hues of red, blue, white and pink. They have a good vase life and are great as cut flowers. They’re also pretty popular with hummingbirds and butterflies! Want to grow phlox in your yard? Read on. Phlox plants can thrive in full sun to part shade. They are, therefore, an excellent choice for underlining your deciduous trees and bushes! You can plant phlox in spring, in a spot that offers moist, well draining soil. A good clean up before planting is always a good idea. This will allow you to get rid of weeds and debris and ensure the site is all ready for the new plants. I’d also recommend mixing good amount of compost or other organic substances to the soil. The holes for planting phlox should be spaced 12-18 inches apart and should be just enough deep to accommodate the root ball. Set the plant into the hole with the top of the crown lying at the same level as the surface of the ground. Refill and water well. Caring for phlox plants is a pretty simple. Keep the soil moist throughout the growing season. Feed the plants every spring. You can either use a well balanced fertilizer or stick to a nice dose of good old compost! Deadheading phlox flowers is an effective measure of prolonging the period of bloom. Deadhead the blooms just as they start to lose color and dispose of the removed foliage. Established plants are resistant to a majority of pests and diseases, which means you’ll seldom need to spend on fungicides. Whether you own a cottage styled garden or a rock garden, or are looking for a plant to beautify the flowerbed or borders, I’d recommend you take to growing phlox. It’s one exciting experience you must not miss!