Phlox p. 'Glamour Girl' Description
Few plants need so little attention, grow so extravagantly and flower for such a long period of time!
Phlox Glamour Girl is one of the most colorful and improved phlox on the market today. Large, showy fragrant coral pink blooms on dark purple stems. Loved by butterflies & hummingbirds. Beautiful bright green foliage stays healthy all summer long without a hint of mildew. Summer phlox provides the perfect accent. Gardeners, butterflies and hummingbirds all appreciate the staying power of Glamour Girl filling the fragrant garden and cut flower arrangements with showy pink color for up to 3 months! Grows 32" tall x 24" wide.
Tall Phlox were the mainstay of our grandmother's perennial garden. Tall, stately with a sweet fragrance, they gave vertical presence to perennial borders while indicating the peak of summer when they started to bloom. There were many varieties of phlox (Phlox paniculata) that once were in existence and now vanished off the market, due in part to their susceptibiliy to powdery mildew. Once powdery mildew set in the foliage become gray and start to shrivel. The only control with be to spray a fungicide which would inhibit fragile butterflies in addition to be a lot of work. Another problem was the overwhelming height, sometimes reaching a towering 5 feet tall.
Voted Top Performing from Colorado State University. This variety is described as “One of the best garden phlox introduced in a very long time”. The period of bloom is impressively long and provides the garden with abundant vibrant salmon colored flowers. Flower color did not fade and the plants create a very upright and uniform overall appearance with no lodging. This selection seems to be fairly mildew resistant when compared to other garden phlox in the trials."
Thanks to phlox breeding work, new cultivars such as Glamoour Girl are gracing the gardening scene. Some of the major improvements you will appreciate include:
- Improved disease resistant - Less prone to powdery mildew
- Sturdiness - Sturdy stems keep massive flower heads upright
- Flower heads - Big, bold blooms are much showy
- Fragrance - Aromas you wish you could bottle up and save!
- Hardiness - Increased hardiness and vigor
How to grow phlox
Phlox are the happiest in a moisture retentive, well drained soil. They perform well in heavier soil. They are somewhat shade-tolerant, blooming well expecially if given morning shade and afternoon. They do appreciate good air circulation, so don't grow them to tight in the landscape. Space 24" apart. Remove spent blooms help prolong the bloom time well into fall.
Designing with tall phlox
Phlox pair well with so many other summer-blooming perennials such as coreopsis, Shasta daisies, rudbeckias, coneflowers, nepetas, sedums, or ornamental grasses. Charming when combined spiked plants such as perovskia or salvia. Pair with shrubs such as butterfly loving Buddleia. Create color pink echos with Roses, Daylily Passionate Returns, or Pink Coneflowers.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Cut flower, Fragrance, Attracts hummingbirds, Long blooming, Attracts pollinators
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- Botanical name:
Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl'
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- Sun exposure:
Sun, Part shade
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- Height x width:
32" X 18"
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Background, Border, Cottage gardening, Massing, Specimen, Wildflower
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AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:PP25778
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Soil: Well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Plants prefer soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH.
Light: Phlox grow best in full sun or partial shade
Water: Medium. Water early in the morning if possible. . A 1-2 inch mulch of chopped leaves, wood chips, shredded bark, or other attractive organic material will help soil retain an even level of moisture. Water deeply during dry spells to reduce the incidence of disease, and dust with sulfur (available at most garden centers) beginning in early summer.
Spacing: 18-24 inches
Fertilizing: A general purpose slow-acting granular fertilizer worked into the soil around the plants in the spring is sufficient for phlox for the season. Be conservative, because too much nitrogen will generate excess tender foliage that is prone to disease and pests.
Winterizing: No special care needed. Leave foliage standing in winter, and clean up spent foliage in spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Thinning half of the shoots when 6" tall in spring (to allow better air circulation) helps keep mildew at bay, and encourages plants to produce larger and longer-lasting flower heads. Shear off after bloom, just above foliage to encourage more blooms. Divide every few years, replanting sections from the edge of the clump and discarding the woody center.
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