Largeleaf Phlox is also known as the garden phlox
How to Plant Largeleaf Phlox
Also known as Phlox amplifolia, this is a perennial plant that makes an excellent garden flower. If you plan to plant phlox, there are some essential factors to consider. This article will help you learn about the best time to plant it and how to choose the best location in your yard or garden. In addition, you’ll find information on what soil type works best for growing and its ideal sowing time and planting time frame.
What is this beautiful plant exactly?
You might know this plant by another name: Garden phlox. That’s because its lovely blue and white flowers do a great job of helping it fit into many types of flowerbeds. It comes in multiple colors, so you can plant it in mixed groups if you like. When planting, you want it in a sunny area with well-drained soil and nutrients, such as compost or rotted manure.
Largeleaf Phlox prefers well-drained soil and full sun
When planted in a garden, this plant is an excellent choice for borders and shrubberies. In addition, it makes a beautiful houseplant—it prefers to be kept indoors during its flowering period, but afterward, it does pretty well outdoors.
You can also purchase small plants already producing buds; these are generally used as cut flowers for indoor decoration or arrangements. If you don’t have access to live plants, you can use dried leaves of all varieties of phlox to make sachets or even teas.
And don’t forget about your bees! Bees love largeleaf phlox not only because of its sweet scent but also because it is full of natural nectar.
To ensure a strong start, plant yours in rich, well-drained soil and full sun after planting, water deeply until water penetrates at least six inches into the soil. Fertilize three times a year with general fertilizer applied according to package directions.
Throughout summer, weed regularly and water occasionally when rain is lacking. In late fall or early spring—when new growth has emerged but is still tiny—deadhead spent blooms by cutting them back to two inches above ground level.
After they’ve finished blooming in fall, cut all stems down to just above ground level using an electric hedge trimmer or sharpened spade.
Sow Seeds Indoors
After plants have been growing for two or three weeks, thin them out, leaving 8-10 inches between plants. That will help them grow faster and become more sturdy. When you take away some of their competition for water and nutrients, each plant can thrive on less.