Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Spacing: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
On May 23, 2011, Penannophia from Whitehouse Station, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:
Lovely and easy. All I do is water from a drip line once in awhile and it gets to 4 feet with loads of flowers. This year I have to pay more attention to the seed heads, though...I have "David" coming up all over the garden right now.
On Apr 30, 2011, TNgrandma from Crossville, TN wrote:
When I lived in IL, I grew David garden phlox without any problems. Growing it in TN where I now live, I try to fight the mildew problems, but have not had success. I will thin them this year to see if I can eradicate the mildew. I still love this cultivar!
On May 30, 2010, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Maybe I'm just too impatient. In the two years that I had David in my yard, it never got more than 10" tall, and only had a single stem and a single bloom cluster. After devoting lots of space anticipating that it would fill out and get taller/wider, I got tired of waiting on it and David was escorted to the compost pile. Foliage was healthy, just stayed very tiny. When I yanked it, there was not an extensive root system, just something like a single taproot.
On Jul 2, 2007, opera_fiore from Fayetteville, AR wrote:
This plant makes me happy! I have a 50 year old specimen in my front yard, around it are yellow roses and white begonias. Pest free, disease free, the only issue are the HUGE mop heads that need staking. I fertilize with a high nitrogen food every two weeks, and got stunning results.
When I arrived at the nursery last weekend in the distance, I saw miniature clouds and immediately asked an employee what kind of flower I was looking at. The billowing white blossoms were those of David. I was smitten, and purchased one for my own garden. The scent is subtle, sweet and lovely. I planted it next to a pair of amazingly proflic and beautiful wine and white colored moscheutos shrubs. Also nearby is purple setcreasea. The tall, pretty cloud of phlox looks great next to the huge disc sized hibiscus blooms.
I live on a street called Whitebud Dr, and either ironically or intentionally most of the landscaping plants on our street are white: azaleas, dogwood, yucca, candytuft as groundcover, crepe myrtle, gardenia, and so on. I decided to try to make white the predominant color in my garden to play into the "Whitebud" theme, and so if my newly purchased David does well I would love to purchase a few more for pillowy presence. Beautiful!
On Aug 12, 2006, SummerRain from Naperville, IL wrote:
Absolutely love this plant! I look forward to the tall, fragrant blooms mid to late summer. Never had a problem with powdery mildew or having to stake the rather stately, top heavy stems. Plus once the initial bloom is over, there is usually a smaller rebloom right after. My plant gets a little partial shade in late afternoon but doesn't seem to mind. I can highly recommend David to anyone looking for a mid-to late summer white blooming (fragrant!) flower.
On Mar 8, 2005, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is a wonderful fragrant phlox.
Although this phlox is touted to resist mildew I still try to avoid overhead watering.
For better-branched plants, try pinching out the tips of the phlox when they are about 9 inches high. THE Best
On Mar 7, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:
This is a very large plant, growing to 4 feet. Nice large trusses of pure white bloosoms. No problems other than some of the stems are sometimes knocked down by heavy rain and winds. Mine is growing in part shade, next to a white spruce.
On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Lovely cultivar. Reportedly resistant to powdery mildew, but its a good idea to give this plant plenty of room for air circulation and to keep it thinned to 5 or so major stems. Also, water at the base instead of overhead. Deadhead for a long bloom period.
On Aug 9, 2003, starshine from Bend, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is one of the sweetest fragances I have ever enjoyed. The blooms are long lasting clusters at the top of a tall stem. They are exellant for attracting butterflies.
Companion plants: Rudbeckia, Coreopsis and Veronica.
Prefers well drained, consistent soil.
On Jan 18, 2003, wanahca from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
A lovely, strong plant with huge clusters of disk shaped white flowers. It shows good resistance to mildew, although watering at the base is still recommended as with all paniculata cultivars. Overhead watering promotes the incidence of powdery mildew as do afternoon and evening rains.
For optimum growth and flowering in the summer, Phlox should have plenty of fertilizer and water. Although some years I was unable to give them any special attention at all, the "Davids" still grew beautifully as other cultivars limped along.
Deadhead to prolong the bloom period. This plant, if allowed, will self seed freely, and being white I was never concerned about inferior colors in the offspring - just happy to have more of them.
When I grew them at my old home in Zone 5a, they preferred full sun, although many books on herbaceous ornamental plants say they will do well in partial shade too.
They will need to be staked and should be protected from the wind as they are unable to hold up their huge, heavy heads without a bit of assistance.
I now live too far south to enjoy this plant, but for all of you in the proper zones, this beauty is a wonderful, strong addition to any garden.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Fayetteville, Arkansas Grand View Estates, Colorado Glastonbury Center, Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut Oxford, Connecticut Bear, Delaware Pike Creek, Delaware Talleyville, Delaware Bridgeboro, Georgia Elberton, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Snellville, Georgia Stone Mountain, Georgia Woodstock, Georgia Idaho Falls, Idaho Chicago, Illinois (2 reports) Cicero, Illinois Naperville, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Washington, Illinois Fishers, Indiana Macy, Indiana Cedar Rapids, Iowa Davenport, Iowa Hebron, Kentucky Taylorsville, Kentucky Lake View, Maine South China, Maine Millersville, Maryland Potomac, Maryland Amesbury, Massachusetts Dracut, Massachusetts Salem, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Plymouth, Michigan Deephaven, Minnesota Lake George, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota Mathiston, Mississippi Helena Valley Northwest, Montana West Point, Nebraska Richmond, New Hampshire White House Station, New Jersey Avoca, New York Granville, New York Himrod, New York Jefferson, New York Kinderhook, New York Stannards, New York West Kill, New York Fayetteville, North Carolina Mebane, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Pekin, North Dakota Coshocton, Ohio Defiance, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Grove City, Ohio Hilliard, Ohio Huber Heights, Ohio New Miami, Ohio Newalla, Oklahoma Ashland, Oregon Baker City, Oregon Bend, Oregon Deschutes River Woods, Oregon Portland, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Freedom, Pennsylvania Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania Malvern, Pennsylvania Port Matilda, Pennsylvania Sarver, Pennsylvania Tioga, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania West Wyoming, Pennsylvania East Sumter, South Carolina Manning, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Aberdeen, South Dakota Fairfield Glade, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Lenoir City, Tennessee Copper Canyon, Texas Dallas, Texas Houston, Texas Midlothian, Texas Richland Hills, Texas Richmond, Texas Rowlett, Texas San Antonio, Texas Provo, Utah Charlottesville, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Manassas, Virginia Anacortes, Washington East Port Orchard, Washington Hazel Dell North, Washington Kalama, Washington Lakewood, Washington Navy Yard City, Washington Seattle, Washington Vancouver, Washington New Martinsville, West Virginia Lake Lac La Belle, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Marion, Wisconsin