Phlox drummondii ‘Crème Brûlée’

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Phlox drummondii ‘Crème Brûlée’

Phlox drummondii

Delicate cascading flowers in so many shades of buff, lavender and rosy pink, Phlox drummondii ”Crème Brûlée’ is not to be confused with perennial, herbaceous varieties such as Phlox paniculata or alpines such as Phlox douglasii and Phlox subulata which is an evergreen alpine.

So beautiful you can arrange it on its own for quick simple table flowers and for bouquets and arrangements I use Phlox drummondii to fill in gaps and give arrangements that final flourish!

In the garden this versatile plant looks magnificent wherever you plant it, from beds and borders to patio pots and containers.

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
Sow: Spring
Space: 20cm apart
Height: 45-50cm
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. Petals are delicate, take care not to splash.