Fashionably Early Princess Garden Phlox
Phlox 'Fashionably Early Princess'
Fashionably Early Princess Garden Phlox flowers
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Height: 32 inches
Spacing: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Summer Phlox
Group/Class: Fashionably Early Series
Brand: Walters Gardens
An early starting variety producing blooms of fragrant lavender-pink flowers, on tall plants suitable for the middle or back of borders; first of the series to bloom; thick, glossy green foliage has excellent mildew resistance
Fashionably Early Princess Garden Phlox features bold clusters of fragrant pink round flowers with lavender overtones at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large glossy narrow leaves remain emerald green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Fashionably Early Princess Garden Phlox is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Fashionably Early Princess Garden Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Fashionably Early Princess Garden Phlox will grow to be about 28 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 26 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Fashionably Early Princess Garden Phlox is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.