Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.
New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.
Forever Pink Phlox
by Melinda Myers,posted Feb 20 2013 3:36PM
Add color to your late spring garden with Forever Pink Phlox.
This phlox is hardy in zones 4 to 8 and blooms after creeping phlox and before the summer blooming garden phlox, adding needed color to the perennial garden.
Grow this phlox in full sun and moist well-drained soil. Once established, it is drought tolerant.
This long blooming phlox is covered with vibrant purplish-pink flowers for three weeks. A light shearing after the initial bloom fades will encourage sporadic blooming throughout the remainder of the season.
This low maintenance phlox is resistant to powdery mildew and does not need staking. Plants reach 16 inches when in bloom and spread to 18 inches wide.
During initial plant trials the deer and rabbits left Forever Pink Phlox alone, while browsing on the nearby garden phlox.
Use this spring bloomer in perennial borders and containers where its long bloom and neat habit can be enjoyed.
A bit more information: Though the deer tend to pass over Forever Pink Phlox for other plants you should always monitor this and other plants for animal damage. Deer, rabbits and other wildlife will eat just about anything when their populations are high and food is scarce. This perennial as well as many other landscape plants was introduced by Chicagoland Grows Plant Introduction Program.
Vote for your Favorite Flower
There is still time to cast your vote for your favorite flower.
The American Garden Award program is your opportunity to vote for your favorite of several beautiful flowers bred for the home garden. Some of the most prestigious flower breeders have chosen their favorites to enter in the competition.
Celosia Arrabona Red is a plume type cockscomb and it was selected for its easy care, drought tolerance and long bloom.
Cuphea Sriracha Violet is heat tolerant and covered with unique violet blooms from spring through summer.
Illumination Flame Digiplexis is a foxglove hybrid with spikes of red-pink flowers with flaming orange throats.
Last but not least is Petunia Anguna radiant blue. This new hybrid has blue flowers with a white throat.
So visit www.Americangardenaward.com today and cast your vote.
A bit more information: The 2013 winner was Verbena ‘Lanai® Candy Cane’ with red and white striped blooms. Santa Cruz Sunset Begonia was the 2012 winner. This cascading begonia is perfect for hanging baskets, containers or mass plantings. This is the sixth year for this program. Check out information on previous winners and contestants at www.americangardenaward.com.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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