VARIETY OF PHLOX COLORS - MY REVIEWS ABOUT 3 VARIETIES
These flowers always grew near our house and decorated the very top of the summer with their lush blooms. Studying the assortment, you are simply amazed at the difference in color and the growth pattern of the bush. The greatest interest is always caused by something unusual and sometimes exotic. Three unusual varieties also decorated our flowerbed.
Phlox frosted Cool Water in Russian it is often called “cool water”. I was interested in the variety due to the unusual color of the flower; one might say it is a chameleon flower. The flowers begin to bloom with white flowers, then they gradually acquire a lilac-pink color with uneven lavender touches.
During flowering it emits a delicate, subtle aroma. Dense inflorescences with flowers of different colors look fabulously beautiful. Flowering is lush and long-lasting, starting from the end of June and lasting almost until September.
The bushes of the variety are compact, from 70 to 90 cm in height. The flowers are medium-sized, about 2,5 cm in diameter. It tolerates winters in our region well, without damage.
Rare and unusual variety Pure Feelings - the newest direction in the selection of these flowers.
This is vegetative phlox, i.e. they do not have flowers in our usual understanding - the petals of the flower are either absent or underdeveloped and curved, and the perianths, on the contrary, are enlarged in size and colored. All this as a whole creates a unique picture of large, extremely dense inflorescences consisting of hedgehog-needle buds.
They bloom for an extremely long time - up to three months, maintaining their decorative effect until the onset of frost. They also stand in a vase for a long time without losing their decorative effect, and are good as dried flowers. The variety feels great in our conditions, is unpretentious and tolerates our winters well.
The third unusual variety, which became our favorite in the 2018 season, has an unusual name Butonik. The unusual thing is that its flowers never bloom. They remain in the form of an unopened bud for the entire period of their life. Large, bright pink buds, ready to bloom, are pressed tightly together. They remain in this form for a month and a half until wilting begins. Due to its peculiarity, this phlox does not emit a scent. The bushes are strong, compact, 60-70 cm high, winter-hardy, and reproduce well by cuttings.
The origin of this curiosity has not yet been determined. The name was given to it by L.F. Golubitskaya in 1993. As reported, phlox Butonic grows wild on the island of Valaam, but no one remembers how or who planted it, and it grows in the meadows on its own. Perhaps this is a natural mutation, but why has it grown so much, since it doesn’t produce seeds?
This mysterious phlox began to show off on my site, striking with its pyramid-shaped flowers collected in gorgeous inflorescences.
Reference by topic: Soviet varieties of phlox - photo, name and description
THESE FLOWERS ARE BETTER TO PLANT IN AUTUMN
I replant phloxes in the second half of September so that they have time to take root in a new place before frost. Seedlings with leaves take root much better and faster.
Within a few days I dig the soil deeply, remove all the weeds and add well-rotted manure. I plant the seedlings in wide holes so that the upper part of the root ball is 5 cm below ground level, thanks to this the phloxes winter well.
After planting, I water the bush abundantly, and it is better to mulch the soil. I choose a well-lit place; in such a place the phloxes bloom magnificently and abundantly. In the shade, the flowers become smaller, but the duration of flowering is noticeably prolonged. It is undesirable to plant in lowlands where water stagnates, which can cause the death of the plant.
Autumn planting gives an advantage over spring planting - plants adapt better and take root in a new place. And next year you will have a powerful bush with abundant flowering.
© Author: Alexander Lukshin, Elniki, Republic of Mordovia (photo by the author)
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