A number of years ago, I planted P. Starfire and P. Franz Shubert rather close together. They have lived together harmoniously for quite some time. I was very surprised this year to see a lighter pink with a darker pink ring growing between the 2 phlox I have had together for quite some time. I don't have any plain pink phlox in my garden, so I have to beleive they have somehow cross polinated and seeded itself. Any other ideas on this?
Could be cross pollination, but many named cultivars won't come true from seed either, so even if you were just growing one of your cultivars it would be possible to get seedlings that are a different color than the parent. Either way I think it is likely something that came up from seed.
Few moths ago I have ordered 4 Phlox named Eva, maybe it is the heat, but they are not doing to well. I have planted them in a sunny area, Is that a problem or it is because they are still young. Maybe I will dig them up and plant them in flower pot for less sun. Etelka
My guess is in a hotter climate they'd prefer some afternoon shade, although someone from your area would know that better than I would. It could also be just that they're young plants that didn't have a chance to get established before hot weather hit. If you think the area you have them in will be fine in the long term, for this summer while they're still suffering from transplant shock you could try rigging up some shade to protect them during the heat of the day.
Kiseta, I have Franz Schubert and Flame Pink, growing in different areas. Both get full sun and look fair right now. At least they are both blooming. Neither clump has been in long so I hope for better results in coming years. Being in Decatur (close to the center of the metro area) I miss a lot of the meager amount of rain that falls 'around Atlanta'. And otherwise, as you know, it has been brutal lately with all the heat. If your plants look really stressed you could pot them up now and plant them after the heat breaks in the Fall. Good luck.
Re Mildew-resistant phlox: Even the most mildew-resistant varieties can succumb to disease in hot, humid weather unless they are cared for religiously. Thinning, spraying for mildew BEFORE it develops, proper fertilization, and watering at the base of the plants helps. But there are no guarantees. Some years they look great, and other years...
Polly, am I understand you right..you mix up a baking soda solution and put it in some type of container that will hook up to your hose and spray the monarda, phlox and lilacs? Could one use the container that you put Miracle Gro granules in it, and then attach the hose and spray? How much baking soda do you put in? Why couldn't you add some Ivory liquid to that baking soda and mix it up and attach to that MG bottle that attaches to the hose..that could be used on Roses too, couldn't it for black spot?
They really spray out, not like the Miracle Gro one that just kind of sprays a stream down.
I just mix up a solution of baking soda and water and put in there. I use it at the rate of one tablespoon per gallon, but I've already mixed it in some water so it gets mixed up more quickly. And yes you could add some Dawn or Ivory to make it stick better.
My first bloom on the Phlox Eva, I tought it was Pink when I ordered, but I guess not. Happy to see it bloom, maybe next year it will get bigger. I have four of them, very short 8" even after it has been in the gound 4 monts. Etelka