P. campanularia Annual Phlox (half hardy annual)

One of our basic bedding plants which for generations has done a useful and reliable job in the garden. The stems bear tightly-packed flower-heads which are about 4 in. across. The blooms are available in many colours and the eye is often in a different colour. Plant in containers, window boxes, beds or in the rockery, and dead-head regularly. Put down Slug Pellets if ragged holes appear in the leaves.

VARIETIES: There are 2 groups of P. drummondii. The Grandifloras are tall growing, reaching 1 -1.25 ft-’Large-flowered Mix’ is the one to choose. The Wana Compaclas are dwarfs, 6-9 in. high, and the best of all is ‘Beauty Mixed’. For star-shaped (lowers choose ‘Twinkle’ or ‘Stars’.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 6 in.-1.5 ft.

Spacing: 8 in.

Flowering period: June-September.

PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique. Alternatively in mild areas sow seeds outdoors in mid April.

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