Although it is fast-growing and spreads easily, it is not considered invasive and is an excellent plant for making a statement in a border, cottage garden planting scheme, or in a container. Its spreading tendency contributes to ground cover and weed suppression, and the cut blossoms can be utilized in floral arrangements or dried. Select plants that are 4 to 6 inches tall to use as filler or accent plants.
Phlox drummondii grows up to 3 feet tall and has large, showy pink flowers followed by green berries. This attractive plant is perfect for adding color to borders, gardens, or woodland areas. It is tolerant of most soil types but does best in rich soils with some moisture during dry periods. It can be used as a groundcover or planted alone or with other species.
Phlox divaricata is also known as variegated phlox. It grows about 1 foot tall and has white flowers with red centers. This attractive plant needs full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth. It's not very drought-tolerant but will survive in dry conditions if given enough time. Use P. divaricata in border settings, rock gardens, or meadows.
Phlox maculata has long, slender leaves and produces clusters of bright pink flowers atop thin stems above leafless branches in early spring. This hardy perennial grows in most soil types but does best in moist locations.
Organically rich, fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils are ideal for growing in full sun. It is tolerant of mild shade. Avoid standing in puddles of water. Plants grow swiftly by rhizomes and produce a weed-suppressing ground cover. They can be maintained by dividing the roots every three to five years.
Yes, Phlox is invasive. It spreads by underground stems or tubers called rhizomes. The spreader plants are any species of flueleaf hydrangea, because they share the same rhizome. To control the spread of this plant, dig up and destroy infested areas or use a herbicide that will kill both phlox and hydrangea.
Phlox is native to Europe but was introduced into North America where it now occurs in most states except Maine and New Mexico. In general, its presence in an area should not be considered unusual as it tends to occur in open habitats such as prairies, meadows, and roadsides.
Phlox is named after the Greek goddess of love because her charms were said to have caused the death of those who came into contact with her beauty. Today, her gifts are still prized by gardeners everywhere. Each month during springtime, people travel to Washington, D.C., to see the flowering of the American version of phlox.
Russian sage spreads through self-sowing and rhizomes if conditions are favorable. In certain cases, gardeners claim that this perennial bloom is invasive. However, it is neither listed or recorded as an invasive species in the National Invasive Species database. Keep an eye out for spreading stems in the garden. If they start to grow beyond the boundaries of their original plant, you may want to cut them back to prevent them from spreading.
The flavor of Russian sage is similar to cinnamon. It can be used to make tea or baked goods. The leaves are also edible and can be used in place of basil or oregano. A spray application of rosemary extract can be used to control insects such as spider mites and aphids on Russian sage.
This perennial grows up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall with small green leaves and clusters of pink flowers in late spring. The fruit is a blue-black berry about one-eighth of an inch long. This plant originates in Europe but is now found worldwide.
You should plan to divide Russian sage plants every three to four years if you want them to continue growing. This will allow room to expand into areas where it hasn't been planted yet. Make sure to remove any spent flower buds before dividing the rootball so that you don't lose these until next year. This will ensure that there are enough roots to transplant into new locations.