Phloxes are popular with gardeners because of theirUnpretentiousness and duration of flowering. These ornamental plants can decorate your site for almost 5 months. Due to the extensive assortment, which includes both late and early varieties of phlox, you can create compositions of continuous flowering.
In Greek, "phlox" means a flame,Flowers have received this name because of the bright red coloration of their wild-growing species. The phlox genus includes about 60 species, only one of them refers to annual plants (Drummond's phlox), all others are perennial.
In terms of their morphological features, perennialPhloxes are divided into two main groups - cluster and creeping. Bush phloops are common in the eastern part of North America, their straight or curved stems terminate in an umbellate or paniculate inflorescence.
The growing phloxes are undersizedPlants with branching creeping or creeping stems on the ground. They form carpets of various densities, turfs and cushions, above which stand low flower-bearing shoots. The growing phloxes bloom, as a rule, in the spring or early summer, many of them belong to evergreen plants.
It is known that phloxes grow best on looseSoils rich in organic fertilizers. It achieves the best decorative effect: large inflorescences, powerful shrubs, large individual flowers and long flowering. Phloxes form a large number of leaves and flowers during the growing season, at this time they extract a lot of nutrients from the soil, so it is recommended to make systematic feeding and maintain sufficient moisture.
Phloxes are considered to be unpretentious plants, theyGrow even on very poor soils, however, if the soil is not sufficiently loose and moist, a good decorative effect will not be achieved. It is possible to plant phlox in both spring and autumn, it is best to use loose medium-loamy fertile and moist soils with a pH close to neutral for planting.
The phlox has a powerful and ramified rootA system lying at a depth of 25-30 cm, with the bulk of the feeding roots being within 20 cm from the surface of the earth. Fertile soil should be placed at this depth. When planting phlox, the root gang is placed 2-3 cm below ground level.
Phloxes grow well in the sun and in the shade, whileIn sunny places they bloom more luxuriantly, but the flowering time is shortened. To plant perennial phloxes, it is best to choose areas that are reliably protected from cold winds. In them, moisture is better preserved, and in winter more snow accumulates, which will protect the plants from freezing.
Care for phloxes is reduced to applying fertilizers,Soil loosening, regular watering and pest and disease control. Watering is best done in the afternoon, so the water will evaporate less. Phloxes do not tolerate the dryness of the soil, so in droughty weather they should be watered regularly.