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May Breeze Phlox
Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze'
May Breeze Phlox flowers
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Height: 14 inches
Spacing: 16 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Woodland Phlox
A lovely variety with starry, pale powder-blue, fragrant flowers that bloom in mid-spring to early summer; a wonderful plant for borders and edging; not prone to mildew, and grows best in slightly dry conditions
May Breeze Phlox is smothered in stunning lightly-scented powder blue star-shaped flowers with white overtones at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early summer. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.
May Breeze Phlox is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
May Breeze Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
May Breeze Phlox will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.