Phlox ? a new garden flame this summer

Phlox comes in many different varieties that have a delightful light scent, perfect for the long warm summer nights, making it the perfect nomination for the Horticultural Trades Association?s Plant of the Month for August.

A perennial favourite and a quintessential cottage garden flower, Phlox is one of the showiest late summer plants, producing large clusters of flowers on compact plants.? The name ?phlox? is a Greek word that means ?flame?. The plant is perfect to brighten up any garden with vibrant coloured blossoms in shades of red, purple, scarlet, yellow, and white and is a favourite with bees and flower arrangers.

It can be planted in beds and borders to create a blanket of colour or pots to liven up any patio, doorstep or balcony and will flower into early autumn.

There are a huge range of colours and different heights available, all of which are very hardy and reliable throughout the season.?? Phlox paniculata is a popular variety with fragrant pink, white or purple/blue flowers which will flower from midsummer through to late autumn and can be used to attract wildlife such as bees, butterflies and insects into the garden.

It does best in well-prepared soil that has been enriched with well-rotted compost or manure to improve moisture retention and drainage. Ideally, it prefers full sun although it will still perform well in partial shade. It is recommended you deadhead and feed well to prolong flowering.

Phlox is a quite superb hardy herbaceous perennial, with sweetly fragrant panicles of pink, white and purple/blue flowers. It is the ideal herbaceous or mixed border plant and can be used informally in a cottage garden. It is also good for cutting and flower arranging. Phlox ?Nora Leigh? has a variegated leave form and is well worth growing in the border.

Nominated and agreed upon by British growers and retailers, the HTA?s Plant of the Month campaign highlights the plants that are widely available and looking especially good each month.

Plant of the Month point of sale materials can be purchased through HTA partners Hortipak and Floramedia.

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