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Phlox drummondii 'Phlox of Sheep'

Annual phlox

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Key information

Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (66185)

Plant details

Modern varieties of annual phlox are far superior to traditional kinds, which tended to be tall, sparse and leggy. The plants are stronger and bushier, the flowers large and longer-lasting. 'Phlox of Sheep' is a popular mixture of pastels shades, with a long-flowering season, although very hot weather can interrupt flowering. If this happens, trim the plants back and feed to stimulate a further crop. The flowers are also good for cutting, and spare plants can be grown elsewhere for this purpose. Guard against over-watering. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Polemoniaceae

Genus: Phlox

Species: drummondii

Cultivar: Phlox of Sheep

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May


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