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Garden Phlox ‘David’ | Plant Profile

Garden Phlox ‘David’ (Phlox paniculata) are fragrant, clump forming, upright perennials. The foliage has obvious veining and sparsely grows up the long flower stem. Large flower clusters sit atop the sturdy stem. The flowers are a true, bright white that compliments that dark foliage beautifully. Butterflies are highly attracted to the flower clusters. The long lived flowers bloom from mid summer to fall.

‘David’ prefers fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade.

Garden Phlox are popular inclusions in perennial borders and pollinator gardens. Hummingbirds and butterflies frequent the large flower clusters, so locate near a window or outdoor patio space to enjoy the wildlife.



Garden Phlox 'David' Characteristics

Garden Phlox can be somewhat difficult to grow successfully. Rich and moist soils are advised, as well as full sun for best bloom. The soil must be kept consistently moist, so be sure to regularly water Garden Phlox in times of drought or at the height of summer. A layer of mulch can help to keep the roots cool and maintain consistent soil moisture.  Good air circulation is a must, so thinning out the plants if they become crowded is advised. Cut plants to the ground in winter and remove the bulbs from the soil. Deadheading spent flower clusters improves the overall look of the plant, prevents self seeding, and prolongs the blooming season.

Phlox has several disease and insect vulnerabilities. Powdery mildew is common and is best combated by making sure the area around the plants is not crowded, watering at the base, and removing from the soil during winter. Root rot can occur in poorly drained soils. Some insects may make their homes on the leaves and flowers.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 8


2.00 - 4.00'
2.00 - 3.00'
Bloom Time
July - September
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?