Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 2' (over overcrowding)
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Blue Paradise Garden Phlox

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'
A fascinating Spirit that changes color like magic.
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A floral thermometer! Blue Paradise Garden Phlox is a dynamic Spirit that shifts its color over the course of the day in response to the temperature. The lavender-blue blossoms, each accented with a white smudge in the center and a tiny fuchsia eye, appear bluer in the morning and evening, and more purple at midday. Charismatic and fun. This is a medium-tall Spirit (3 feet), useful for the middle of the border, where it will hold court for weeks in summer. Plant it where the sweet vanilla-clove fragrance will be appreciated, too.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 2' (over overcrowding)
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

A cherished native Spirit, Garden Phlox (as this species is known) has a long history in this country in both natural and man-made landscapes. It’s found in the wild all over the eastern United States, preferring somewhat moist ground in open woodlands and river edges. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and all sorts of other pollinators flock to it for its sweet nectar. Legendary Dutch nurseryman and landscape designer, Piet Oudolf, is responsible for bringing Blue Paradise Garden Phlox to us. He introduced it in 1990. Oudolf is famous for designing large-scale, meadow-like plantings using broad sweeps of stunning Spirits.

The Details

Plant some extra Blue Paradise Garden Phlox so you’ll have plenty for bouquets! The long stems and bold flower clusters make it perfect for cutting. Nothing gives your guests a warmer welcome than flowers on the table.

How to Grow

Blue Paradise Garden Phlox is easy to grow, and even novice gardeners will have success with it. Give it a spot in full sun for the most flower production. Light shade in the afternoon is a good idea in hot-summer regions. The soil should be rich and organic, yet drain well. Provide regular water, as Garden Phlox is not particularly drought tolerant. Feed with Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer in the spring. Blue Paradise will die back to the ground after a few frosts in the fall, and it may be cut back then to make way for new growth in spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 2-3'
Avg Mature Width 1-2'
Spacing 2' (over overcrowding)
Flower Color Violet Blue
Foliage Color Deep Green
Bloom Time Summer into Fall
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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