Botanical Name: Phlox paniculata cultivars
Common Name: Garden Phlox  
Plant photo of: Phlox paniculata cultivars
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

Under 1', 1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color

Lavender, Pink, Purple, Violet, White


Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



High, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type



Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border


Special Uses

Cut Flowers


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Bobbie Schwartz
  • Description

  • Notes

Garden phlox (also called summer phlox) are a classic garden favorite, enjoyed for their range of color, mid to late summer blooms, and value as a cut flower. Flowers appear in clusters at the ends of tall stems with narrow, long leaves. Color ranges are in varying shades of pinks, lavenders, violets, and white. Some flowers have "eyes," or corolla and petals of different colors. Some are fragrant. All are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Makes a nice cut flower and provides a range of color uncommon in mid summer. Sizes range with cultivar, from less than a foot tall to 4 feet, and equal spread.
Grow in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade, though best flowering occurs in full sun. Prefers rich, organic soils. Needs good air circulation to help combat powdery mildew problems, so avoid placing it against a fence, of amid dense, taller plants. Intolerant of drought and needs to be watered in dry spells, though avoid overhead watering to prevent powdery mildew. Appreciates a summer mulch to keep the root zone cool. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom period and to prevent unwanted self-seeding (cultivars generally do not come true from seed). Attracts butterflies, birds, and hummingbirds.