“Like a kid in a candy store”. Sometimes we gardeners think of ourselves in this way when we’re at the garden center. With the four excellent color choices in the Candy Store® series of phlox you can bring the whole Candy Store home with you!
This series has three advantages over many older varieties of Summer Phlox:
Exceptional resistance to powdery mildew, a disease that plagues many older varieties
Shorter, more compact stature makes them suited for use in smaller scale gardens
Continuous bloom from mid-summer through autumn, if deadheaded
Other assets include intensely fragrant flowers that are great for cutting, extreme winter hardiness (Zone 3), and long lived, reliable garden performance.
First Editions® Coral Crème Drop™ Phlox
First Editions® Bubblegum Pink™ Phlox
The series includes:
First Editions® Grape Lollipop™ – Grape-colored blooms with white pinwheel center and red eye
First Editions® Coral Crème Drop™ – Coral blooms with paler center and rosy eye
First Editions® Cotton Candy™ – Softest lavender-pink/near white flowers with cotton candy centers
First Editions® Bubblegum Pink™ – Bright bubblegum pink blossoms accentuated by dark pink eye
First Editions® Candy Store® Phlox in a nutshell:
Mature height: 18”-24”.
Mature spread: 18”-24”
Growth form: Upright habit. Forms a dense, compact clump.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Flowers: Abundant clusters of highly fragrant flowers in shades of palest pink through purple. Blooms heavily from July through September. Deadhead for prolonged bloom. Harvest flowers for bouquets throughout the summer!
Foliage Color: New growth has red tips, aging to green. Selected for excellent resistance to Powdery Mildew
Light requirement: Full Sun to Light Shade
Water Requirements: Medium, well-drained soils.
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance: Harvest flowers to encourage continuous bloom. The only downside of these plants is that deer and rabbit love them, so application of animal repellent may be necessary.
Especially valuable for:
Resistance to Powdery Mildew
Exceptionally long bloom period
Excellent cut flower
Cottage gardens, mixed borders & cutting gardens
Compact habit makes them suitable for smaller scale garden