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DWARF phlox They are among my favourite rockery plants, their flat heads of brightly coloured blooms providing a wealth of colour in rockeries, tumbling over walls and providing masses of colour in alpine planters. There are many different types of phlox, including erect, evergreen and herbaceous perennials, but among the best are the spring-flowering dwarf varieties such as Phlox subulata, mainly in shades of blue, pink and red. Good choices include P. subulata 'Lilacina', a dense, mat-forming, evergreen perennial which produces soft lilac flowers, and P. 'Kelly's Eye', another evergreen, mounding perennial producing pretty pink flowers with a deeper pink centre in late spring to early summer. Rock garden types of phlox need well-drained soil in full sun. Plant cuttings in a cold frame in summer.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 3, 2008
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