Providing Winter Care for a Phlox Providing Winter Care for a Phlox

A phlox plant can be a beautiful addition to any garden. If you want to keep this plant healthy during the long winter months, so that it comes back vibrantly in the spring and summer, it's important to provide winter care for the plant.

So what are some things you can do to keep the phlox plant healthy in the winter?  

Mulch

For an outdoor plant, it's important to add all lot of mulch to provide the plant with insulation in the colder months. This will keep the plant roots warm enough to survive until the spring and summer. You don't want the plant to die in the cold weather.

Another method for maintaining and caring for the phlox plant in the winter is to cut back the leaves. This will help the plant survive the winter and come back with full blooms in the spring.  

Size

This is a beautiful plant that grows to different heights depending on the cultivar. It can grow from 15 to 48 inches with most varieties growing 24 to 36 inches tall. When it meets maturity, garden phlox creates beautiful clumps in your garden about 24 to 36 inches wide.

This plant does well in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. It does not like areas with poor drainage or soil that is always wet. It also prefers full sun but you can plant it under partial shade and it will still do well. In fact, this plant does well in the South where it can receive a good amount of afternoon shade.  

Maintenance

These plants are very easy to grow and don't require lot of maintenance. One thing you should do is remove flower heads when they have died. In addition, taller varieties may require support from cages or staking so that the flower clusters don't get clumped together. Also, sometimes this plant gets a powdery mildew on the leaves. To avoid this, thin or divide the large clumps every few years to improve air circulation around the plants.

You can use phlox plants to accent your garden or provide a pleasant aroma. This flower also keeps deer away from your garden.

There are many different varieties of phlox, so choosing just one for your garden can be difficult (although a lot of fun). When you visit a nursery or garden center, make sure you take the time needed to go through all the choices and find something that you will enjoy growing in your garden.

If you have basic gardening skills, it's very easy to grow phlox, no matter what variety you select. Plant creeping phlox if you want to create a good amount of ground cover, for example.

Taller varieties are perfect if you want to add height to your garden, and like the look of flowering plants that rise above the flowerbed. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference and what you enjoy having in your garden.

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