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Garden phlox has long been a staple of the perennial border, providing height and bright blooms at the back of the bed. The pink flowers are fragrant and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Latin Name

Phlox paniculata



Also Known As

Summer phlox Tall phlox

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

July - September


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade Part Shade
    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Black Walnut
  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds
    Butterflies Butterflies
    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range

    Eastern North America


    In her garden at Prestwould, Lady Jean Skipwith grew garden phlox in 1793.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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