Summer phlox, or phlox paniculata, are plants that are found mostly on the prairies and fields of the United States. Discover why summer phlox plants like hot summers with good drainage with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on flower gardening and plant care.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow phlox, and in particular, phlox paniculata. It's a gorgeous American plant. Now, phlox grow natively all over the Eastern United States. They're found mostly on the prairies in the fields, and so they like real hot summers with good drainage, lots of dry days, but yet, they still want to be rained on and then let to dry out again. And they like cold winters, too, because they can go down to zone four to zone ten, so even below freezing -- below zero degrees -- they can handle it. So they're a very, very hearty perennial that comes back every year. Now, you can start them by seed in the spring, and then just set them outside when...at the last chance of frost, or you can buy them by division. And so you buy the plants just in containers, or you can buy them by the roots or by the roots or even by the stem with a little bit of a root. And either way, they're going to grow really easily. And this particular hearty garden phlox is called David, and it's a phlox paniculata. And it has showy, fragrant white flowers with clusters on tall blooms in July through August. And they're used for backgrounds and for borders. So put them in full sun or part shade about two feet apart because they get quite big. They can get up to three or four feet tall. Phlox make great cut flowers, too, and I love them in floral arrangements. They have a nice, faint fragrance and they last for two to three weeks in a bouquet, and they're also a great addition to your flower garden.