Phlox paniculata 'Little's Sweet Giant' - GARDEN PHLOX 'LITTLE'S SWEET GIANT'

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'Little's Sweet Giant' is pretty robust cultivar, with deep pink flowers, sturdy upright variety with fairly good mildew resistance.

Selection of Parker Lewis Little from Piping Trees Gardens in Virginia. This cultivar has interesting story, because it was brought back to USA from Botanical Garden Prague (Troja, Czech Republic). Botanical Garden ordered several plants and shrubs from Piping Trees Nursery in 2001. But most of them are unknown here in USA.

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. Great cut flower.

 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 : 3-3.5' tall and 2.5'" 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

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

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : most likely yes, because it seems to have lots of wild blood

Attracts Hummingbirds : most likely yes, because it seems to have lots of wild blood

Pot Size : 3.5" x 4" perennial pot