Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ – GARDEN PHLOX ‘BLUE PARADISE’

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Fairly recent variety that brings nice blue color and better mildew resistance. The flowers open a deep blue and take on purplish shades during the heat of midday, then regain their original color in the evening. The stems are rather dark and support amazing indigo blue color. This variety is not winner, but it did quite well in Mt. Cuba Sun Phloxes trial and is recommended for gardens in the Midwest. Flowers are scented with light vanilla-clove fragrance and are great as cut flowers. Tall phloxes flower for long period of time, but deadheading or "Chelsey chop" will prolong the blooming time even more. Regular upright clumps. As any other tall garden phlox – the best is to place it in the center of the flower bed, because the stems naturally loose their leaves, so plant some lower perennials in front of them.

Best in flower beds, both private and public landscaping projects,cottage gardens, hummingbird and butterfly gardens or some naturalization.

Beautiful combinations can be reached combining with yellow, creme, white, orange yellow or pink flowers. If you go native (or nativar) style of planting, we highly suggest these perennials :

Agastache (tall blue or bluish flowering, Agastache ‘Black Adder‘ ), lower varieties of Coreopsis tripteris, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea tennesseensis, Eupatorium, Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta‘ or wild form, Helenium, Monarda didyma, other varieties of Phlox paniculata, Rudbeckia maxima, Rudbeckia fulgida, annual R. hirta, Veronicastrum or cultivars of grass Panicum virgatum.

Good non-native perennial combinations include Astilbe chinensis (taller varieties), Astrantia major, Delphinium, Geranium, Geum x hybridum, Hemerocallis, Leucanthemum superbum, Lilium, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Sanguisorba, Scabiosa caucasica or Thalictrum.

Very charming combinations are with nativars of native shrub – Hydrangea arborescens or non-native Hydrangea paniculata or some roses at the background.

 

Blooming time : July to August/September

Size : usually 3’ tall x 1.5-2’ wide, spacing 1.5’

USDA zones : 4 to 8

Culture : full sun, half sun, light shade grows well in average soil, prefers good soil enriched with compost or other organic material and occasional fertilizing. Loamy, rich soils with enough moisture. Spot with good air circulation to prevent mildew is recommended.

Moisture Needs : medium, medium moist

Origin : Garden origin selection, introduced by Dutch nurseryman and worldwide famous landscape architect Piet Oudolf, in 1990. See the distribution of the wild species of Phlox paniculata on the map of USDA.

Deer/rabbit resistant : no / no, some protection needed (deer and rabbit reppelent, fence)

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds : yes

Pot Size : square 4.25" x 5" deep pot