This variety came into the marketplace several years ago, and I snapped it up for its fantastic color. It’s the earliest phlox in my garden to bloom and certainly the longest lasting. Phlox likes a mineral-rich soil high in organic matter plus good air circulation. Plant it in the open in full sun for best results. I suspect this year’s intense color of ‘Blue Paradise’ comes from repeat fall applications of trace minerals and high fungal compost!
Another favorite is the soft lavender/pink/white color montage of Phlox paniculata ‘Franz Schubert.’ As a former pianist and music lover, I had to have this one in my garden! Schubert is one of my favorite composers. This coloration blends well with the cool blues and lavenders of July bloomers such as Campanula trachelium, tall Coventry bells.