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Phlox paniculata ‘Shockwave’

It is no shock that this new Tall Garden Phlox has been added to the Proven Winners Perennial line new for Fall 2011.

Phlox Shockwave

Starting off Phlox Shockwave has a shocking interest! The variegated foliage has a wow factor all of it’s own. The striking contrast of the deep green and bright yellow foliage is amazing. The 12-18″ upright habit of this new tall Phlox is compact enough for most gardens yet stands tall enough to steal the show. The fragrant lilac flowers of Shockwave compliment well with the green and yellow foliage. Shockwave is a new introduction to the Proven Winner Perennial line for Fall of 2011.

I have really been impressed with the Phlox Shockwave that I have in my garden, above the picture shows your the beautiful contrast of colors. And below is a picture before it started to bloom, the foliage, like I said, has enough color of its own.

Phlox Shockwave landscape shot before flowering. This is its first summer.

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Phlox paniculata ‘Shockwave’

(Tall Garden Phlox) The unexpected foliage of Phlox paniculata ‘Shockwave’PPAF will add a jolt to the garden landscape. The leaves of ‘Shockwave’PPAF emerge a deep green with prominent, yellow margins that lighten to creamy yellow as the season progresses. Large clusters of lavender pink flowers with white starburst centers are produced in summer through late summer. A unique, fragrant addition to any garden!

I am in love with the unique foliage of  ‘Shockwave‘!

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Creeping Phlox

One of the first signs of Spring is the mass of color that Creeping Phlox Display. You see it on the hillsides, as borders, and planted hear and there in gardens.

Phlox colors range from snow white, candy striped, to shades of pink and lavender Phlox ushers in spring with a profusion of fabulous color.Creeping Phlox loves Full Sun and grows best in well drained soil.  Phlox is a versatile, low-growing perennial that flowers in late spring and grows well in rocky or sloped areas.

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What is Your Best Flower Source for Butterflies?

Swallowtail Butterfly on Tall Phlox

Swallowtail Butterfly on Tall Phlox

Butterflies are a gardeners delight as they flutter and swoop through our gardens. Their bright colors and beauty bring a welcome addition to our gardens as long as the benefit they provide with pollinating our flowers. Attracting butterflies involves incorporating plants that serve the needs of all life stages of the butterfly. They need a place to lay eggs, food plants for the larva (caterpillar), a place to form a chrysalis, and nectar sources for the adult. Most butterflies can live up to 10-20 days but the Monarch (pictured below) can live up to 6 months.

Butterflies attract to flowers that are red, orange, yellow, purple and pink. The style flower they most prefer are flat topped (like Tall phlox)&  short tubes (like Buddleia). They like flowers that have clusters of flowers all grouped together. Also sun light is important as butterflies generally like to feed while basking in the sun.

One of my personal favorites for attracting butterflies in the Tall Garden Phlox. I have several Phlox clumped together in an area in my garden. I have chosen several different Phlox colors to create a patchwork of color that has been a true butterfly attraction.

Monarch Butterfly on Asclepias

Monarch Butterfly on Asclepias

Common Butterflies and the Plants they Eat

  • Acmon Blue – buckwheat, lupines, milkvetch
  • American Painted Lady – cudweed, everlast
  • Baird’s Swallowtail – dragon sagebrush
  • Black Swallowtail – parsley, dill, fennel, Queen Anne’s lace, common rue
  • Cabbage White – members of mustard family
  • Coral Hairstreak – wild black cherry, American and chickasaw plum, black chokeberry
  • Dun Skipper – sedges, grasses including purpletop
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – wild black cherry, ash, tulip tree, willow, sweetbay, basswood
  • Giant Swallowtail – prickly ash, citrus, common rue, hoptree, gas plant, torchwood
  • Gray Comma – gooseberry, azalea, elm
  • Great Purple Hairstreak – mistletoe
  • Gulf Fritillary – maypops, other passion vines
  • Henry’s Elfin – redbud, dahoon and yaupon hollies, maple-leaved viburnum, blueberries
  • Monarch – milkweeds
  • Painted Lady (Cosmopolite) – thistles, mallows, nievitas, yellow fiddleneck
  • Pygmy Blue – saltbush, lamb’s quarters, pigweed
  • Red Admiral/White Admiral – wild cherries, black oaks, aspens, yellow and black birch
  • Silver-spotted Skipper – locusts, wisteria, other legumes
  • Spicebush Swallowtail – sassafras, spicebush
  • Sulphurs – clover, peas, vetch, alfalfa, asters
  • Variegated Fritillary – passion flower, maypop, violets, stonecrop, purslane
  • Viceroy – willows, cottonwood, aspen
  • Western Tailed Blue – vetches, milkvetches
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail – willow, plum, alder, sycamore, hoptree, ash
  • Woodland Skipper – grasses
  • Zebra Swallowtail – pawpaw
Butterfly plant source from www.nwf.org
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Caring for Your Phlox

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Description: With its aromatic, bright, and showy long-lasting flower clusters Phlox paniculata has become a staple in today’s landscapes. Garden phlox is one of the most recognizable and widely grown perennials.

Recent breeding efforts have brought several improvements to this already popular species of perennial plants including a wide range of flower colors available, improved plant habit, and increased resistance to diseases.

Garden phlox is the backbone of the summer perennial border and is also a great perennial for open sunny locations. The striking and fragrant trumpet-shaped flower clusters appear in the mid-summer and always deliver a spectacular display of color when they are blooming. Today’s cultivars produce a wide range of flower colorations consisting of various hues of lavender, orange, pink, purple, red, salmon, scarlet, and white. Many cultivars have contrasting colored eyes or bicolor blooms.

Maintenance: Phlox are easy to grow and only require few maintenance activities. It is recommended to remove the flower heads when they are done flowering. Taller cultivars may need additional support from cages or staking to prevent the flower clusters from lodging. To reduce the occurrence of powdery mildew, thin or divide large clumps every year or two to improve the air circulation around the plants.

Pests and Diseases: Some of the most common insect pests that may be observed feeding on Phlox include aphids, beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, leafminers, and spider mites, whiteflies. Most of these pests, under normal circumstances, do not cause significant injury to garden Phlox.

Garden phlox are susceptible to several pathogens including fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, and stem canker diseases. Of these diseases, powdery mildew is observed most frequently. There are great differences between cultivars in their susceptibility to powdery mildew. Even highly resistant cultivars may succumb to this disease under severe or optimal conditions for disease development. This occurrence of this disease can be reduced when the plants are planted in areas with good air circulation, the plants are not crowded, and by avoiding overhead irrigation (wet foliage).

Uses in the Garden: Garden Phlox are commonly used as accent or aromatic border plants. They are also resistant to deer.

Other Uses and Attributes: This Native American perennial attracts butterflies and hummingbirds into the garden. Phlox makes and excellent cut flower and offers an excellent vase life. Many of the smaller cultivars make nice container or patio pots.

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