Phlox drummondii ‘Crème Brûlée’
Annual phlox are not to be confused with perennial varieties.
This one is my favourite, smokey mauve on buff, Phlox drummondii ‘Crème Brûlée’, is so delicate that it can be mixed with almost anything. Essential for bouquets and arrangements.
This annual Phlox looks magnificent planted in the border or in a pot making it as popular with gardeners as it is with floral designers.
How to Grow:
Sow seeds in early spring. Plants need darkness for germination.
This can be achieved by sifting a layer of compost over the seeds after sowing, I often use an upturned gravel tray (a tray without drainage holes) to be extra sure it’s properly dark. If using this method be sure to check trays daily and move to the light as soon as germination has occurred.
Plant out spaced 20 cm apart after the last frosts.
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Variety: Phlox drummondii
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Space: 20cm apart
Harvest: June onwards
Seeds per packet: 150 (approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Plants will flower initially on quite short delicate stems, but as the season progresses stems get stronger and longer. Carefully pinch off spent flowers to improve stem length. Pick as soon as the flowers start to open, straight into buckets of water to rest for a few hours, this is called conditioning.