Volcano Phlox are flowering machines! They bloom reliably through the hot days of summer and autumn and have a dreamy, sweet fragrance.
As the name suggests, this variety is a pretty mauve purple, with a white eye. Up to 125 flowers open on each stem.
Volcano Phlox are brilliant in borders and beds, rockeries or containers. They look their best when planted en masse and you can enjoy the show from January to April. The flowers are even suitable for picking, have lovely strong stems and last well in a vase.
Volcano Phlox sing in the garden, using single colour combinations or a mix of similar tones you can create stunning effects. They marry well with roses, daylilies, lilies and grasses.
Plant Volcano Phlox in moderately fertile to humus rich, moist, well drained soil. Choose a position that is sheltered from the hot afternoon sun and with good air circulation (space 30-40cm apart). Volcano Phlox are strong growers and have amazing mildew resistance and, unlike other Phlox, even if they are affected by mildew, they will still flower. To help avoid mildew, it is best to water the ground, rather than the foliage.
Volcano Phlox grow best in areas with cold winters. In temperate zones make sure you keep the moisture up when they are in active growth.
To prolong the flowering, dead head spent blooms as you go. Or, after the first flush, remove the stems to about a quarter, add some fertiliser and water it in, you will have another bloom season in no time.
Dig and divide every three or four years to keep them vital. They will settle in and gradually multiply. They are good plants to make friends with because their cuttings can be shared.
Botanically, Phlox translates to; 'brightly coloured blooms' and that is definitely a good descriptor for these prolific flowers. Phlox originates in the woodlands of NE North America.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm