|Latin name:||Phlox paniculata Laura'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bare-rooted plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||July - September|
|Growing Height:||80 - 90 cm|
|Planting distance:||40 - 50 cm|
Phlox 'Laura' is a perennial that grows best in the garden. Prepare a large hole in good, loose soil. Improve poor garden soil by mixing in compost and cow manure pellets. Plant the Phlox 'Laura' at the appropriate depth in the hole. The top of the roots should be just below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Phlox 'Laura' grows and blooms well in the sun or partial shade in loose, nutritious soil.
Phlox 'Laura' makes an excellent companion plant
The stunning Phlox 'Laura' is an eye-catcher in the flower border and in flowerbeds. The hearty flower clusters are borne on long, sturdy stems. Plant Phlox paniculata 'Laura' at the back of the border, along with Monarda ‘Mohawk’ and Leucanthemum ‘Wirral Supreme’. The Phlox also combines beautifully with roses and also with plants that have variegated foliage. If you want to see your flower bed filled with large groups of colour then Phlox paniculata 'Laura' is an excellent choice.
Phlox 'Laura' is an easy-to-grow perennial that can remain in the same spot for several years. Make sure you prevent the soil around the roots from drying out. Dry soil is not well tolerated. Phlox 'Laura' grows well in moist soil but can survive in regular garden soil although we do recommend a regular application of fertiliser during the growing season. Remove the faded flowers to encourage a second flowering. The stems above the ground die back in winter. Cover the plants with a layer of fallen leaves. In early spring, apply a mulch of manure. Cut off any all old flower stems. Soon there will be some new shoots appearing above the ground.
Cutting back Phlox 'Laura'
Early in the season you can prune your phlox by about 2-5 cm and this will encourage a healthy and bushy growth. After the first flowering the stems can be cut back by about 10 cm to just above a point where there are healthy leaves and this will encourage a second flowering period. If there are any signs of powdery mildew cut back the whole stem and destroy both stems and foliage. Cutting back phlox does help to control this.
Phlox 'Laura' is a great choice for the garden with its hearty clusters of flowers. The purple coloured flowers are divided into five petals with a white eye in the centre. The flowers spread a delicate fragrance and are highly attractive to butterflies.