An improved version of the ever popular ‘Nicky’ garden phlox, this hybrid is going to bring you increased disease resistance and even more flowers. Glowing ultra rich violet colored blooms perch on top of bright green foliage, making this lovely perennial a great addition to your pollinator garden as the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds won’t be able to stay away from them. Want to see what they are after when they visit these beautiful flowers? Pop an individual fully opened flower off of the cluster and put the end that is attached to the calyx in your mouth to enjoy the sweet pop of nectar that resides in each bloom. Be sure to leave some to enjoy visually and some for the pollinators, too!
Garden Phlox are native to North America from New York to Iowa, then south to Georgia and to Arkansas, and have naturalized from gardens into most parts of the United States. Hardy in Zones 3 to 8, it grows in all but the hottest and driest regions of the United States. It grows best in full sun but will tolerate some light shade, especially in the hotter sun regions of Zone 8. There are many cultivars available of tall garden phlox, with the most famous being ‘David’, the white P. paniculata cultivar. Garden phlox look wonderful when interplanted with multiple colored cultivars of the same species as well as with other sun loving perennials that flower in the summer.
Luminary Ultraviolet Phlox Care
Garden phlox are easy to care for with just a few considerations on your part. A full sun location with some light afternoon shade appreciated in the hottest areas, well draining average to fertile garden soil and frequent fertilizer applications to support the prolific blooming season is all it will need from you to give you the best performance for your summer sun garden. You will need just an average watering schedule when rainfall is inadequate. Be sure to water early in the morning to give plants time to dry off before nightfall to help in disease prevention. Garden phlox as a whole are typically susceptible to powdery mildew, and Luminary Ultraviolet is especially bred to resist this plant disease, but you can help with proper location, spacing and a careful watering regimen. Phlox prefers a slightly acidic garden soil with a pH range of about 5.8 to 6.5. Mulch plants to help control weeds and retain soil moisture. Spreading an all purpose granular fertilizer or mulching with a well composted organic material will give the plants the nutrients they need to maintain a good bloom production. Apply several times a year during the growing season.
Deadhead phlox by lightly shearing the spent flowers. This will result in a rebloom a little later in the season. Pruning is generally not needed, but should any powdery mildew appear, remove the affected stalk and destroy it. Take additional care to water only the ground and not the foliage if powdery mildew becomes a problem. Garden phlox make excellent cut flowers and last well in arrangements. Mulch root zone in late fall to help prevent any frost heaving in winter.
Luminary Ultraviolet Phlox Spacing
Spacing garden phlox is important for disease reduction. Growing to about 36 inches tall and spreading out 32 inches wide, space your plants about 28 to 32 inches apart. It also helps to plant in an area that receives a light breeze from time to time. You will enjoy these lovely full sun summer perennials in your garden this year whether planted as a focal point in your perennial garden, or in a massive drift of color as a landscape border.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.