Blue Paradise Phlox
A True-Blue Garden Classic with a New Hue
You can depend on Blue Paradise Phlox for true-blue perennial plant that’s easy to grow and comes back year after year. This old garden favorite has been updated with a lovely violet-blue color but it’s kept the old fashioned fragrance you’ve always loved. Tall and showy, the Blue Paradise flowers look just as good inside as they do out. The big flower heads make beautiful centerpieces that scent the whole room.
Phlox is a beloved cottage gardener’s plant because it combines a heady aroma with a study-stemmed flower. It’s an excellent cut flower for indoor arrangements but it stands up tall outdoors as well. Its appeal is obvious even from afar as the blooms stand a very noticeable 36 to 40 inches tall at maturity with a spread of 18 to 24 inches.
With this much height, Blue Paradise Phlox makes an impressive focal point for the back of a perennial border. Plant them about 2 to 3 feet apart for air circulation. You can use its size to help disguise unsightly features in your yard like well housings or septic pumps. Plant one in a container garden so you can enjoy the fragrance on your deck or patio. Just be sure it gets a full day of sunshine for the best display of blooms.
You’ll be enjoying the blossoms of the Phlox Blue Paradise from mid-summer into the early fall. The longer blooming season is one of the best aspects of this cultivar. It only needs a moderate supply of water and it’s not particular about soil conditions. It’s a hardy cultivar derived from a wildflower native to the US.
This cultivar is more resistant to powdery mildew than other Garden Phlox so it takes less care. However, it might need a little protection from the neighborhood deer. It’s an easy plant to propagate so you really get your money’s worth. You can divide the root ball or collect seeds to multiply your plants.
Some desirable wildlife will be attracted to your Blue Paradise Phlox so plant it close the house for an up-close view. You’ll see hummingbirds flock to it in the morning and evening and beneficial insects like bees will love it too. Butterflies will congregate on the big flower heads, delighting you with their delicate wings.
This long-loved garden favorite will grow in zones 4 through 8 so gardeners in many areas can appreciate this plant’s beauty. You’ll love the color and fragrance of this classic plant.