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Cotton Candy™ Garden Phlox

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Exceptionally long blooms of fragrant soft pink flowers with rose centres, on compact plants suitable for containers or small perennial borders; good mildew resistance

Characteristics

Species:
paniculata
Other Species Names:
Summer Phlox
Average Landscape Height:
18 inches (24 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Phlox
Cultivar:
Ditomfav
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
15 inches
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Eye Color:
rose
Flower Form:
star
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from early summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
lawn green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Cotton Candy™ Garden Phlox features bold fragrant conical pink star-shaped flowers with rose eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Cotton Candy™ 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.

Planting & Growing

Cotton Candy™ Garden Phlox will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

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 is a selection of a native North American species. 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.

Cotton Candy™ 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. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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