Phlox Laura Description
Few sun perennials rival the flower show of a mature clump of Phlox Laura in full bloom in mid summer!
Purple flowers with a white starburst are highly fragrant, and make superb cut flowers. Mid summer blooms are held on strong stems atop mildew-free foliage.
Fragrant and strong growing Phlox Laura thrives with drought-proof Sedums, fragrant Coneflowers, and long-blooming Knock Out Roses.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cut Flower, Fragrance, Long Blooming
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- Botanical Name:
Phlox paniculata 'Laura'
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- Sun Exposure:
Sun, Part Shade
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- Height x Width:
3-4' X 3'
- Flower Color:
Purple & White
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- Bloom Season:
Background, Border, Cottage Gardening, Massing, Specimen, Wildflower
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
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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 in the South)
Water: Medium -- Susceptible to powdery mildew, especially in dry soil. 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: 15 - 18 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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