Phlox paniculata 'Franz Schubert'
- available to order from summer
- 2 litre pot
- Standard £5.95
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, reliably moist but free-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Phlox have always been country garden favourites, and are sought after for their delicious scent and attraction to butterflies and bees. This long flowering variety has large, fragrant trusses of pearlised flowers, which span a range of colours from pink (as shown) through lilac, to mauve-blue. Providing excellent cut flower material, this perennial looks wonderful when planted with the inky blue spikes of Salvia, or any of the Veronicastrums, which together will extend the summer colour into the early autumn.
- Garden care: Support with bamboo canes, brushwood or ring stakes before the flowers appear. Phlox are greedy plants, so apply a mulch 5-7cm (2-3 in) deep of well-rotted garden compost or manure in early spring. Shear off the spent flowers to prevent reseeding. If the leaves show signs of powdery mildew, cut down to the ground and dispose of the affected foliage, but do not compost it. Clear away the debris around the plant to reduce the chances of reinfection. Cut down to the ground in autumn, and lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.