Garden phlox has long been a staple in the perennial border. Flowers bloom for an extended period on sturdy stems that won’t need staking. ‘David’ is a wonderful choice because of it’s resistance to powdery mildew. The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and they make great cut flowers.
Fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
Long flowering, often from July into September
‘David’ shows good resistance to powdery mildew
White blossoms mix easily with other perennial favorites
Tolerates deer, clay soil and black walnut
Good cut flower
Found in rich, open woods, thickets, meadows and moist roadsides.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
The nectar of the flowers attracts butterflies, skippers, and moths, including Hummingbird moths, real hummingids and sphinx moths. Other insects don't have long enough mouthparts to extract the nectar from the base of the flower.
Phlox paniculata thrives in organic, moist to average soil in full sun to light shade. Plants in shade will have smaller flowers and weaker stems. Tolerant of drought once established. Give good air circulation and keep well watered to reduce growth of powdery mildew, though 'David' exhibits excellent mildew resistance. Benefits from occasional fertilization. Deadhead to prolong blooming season.