Phlox have been around for a long time and there are many cultivars. They were prominent in gardens in the first half of the 1900’s and fell out of favor in the second half of the century. Recently they have resurfaced as a garden favorite.
Love them or leave them? I love them because my grandmother grew them in her farm-house garden, and I remember picking bouquets for her kitchen when I was a child. The minute I look out and see them or smell them, I smile just thinking of her.
Although I have beautiful blooms every year, I also have powdery mildew on the leaves. It makes it a little difficult to bring them inside unless you strip all the leaves off and fill in with some other greenery which is what I usually do.
Powdery mildew comes from dampness, high humidity, lack of air circulation and growing non-resistant varieties in the shade. Well…guilty on a couple of counts – air circulation, partial shade and non-resistant varieties.
There are sprays you can purchase or you can make a DIY version of water, baking soda and horticultural oil. I may have to give that a try next year.
For the rest of this growing season, I’ll just look, smell, remember, and smile.
Here’s hoping you are enjoying your garden because dare I say – that ‘next’ season is heading our way.