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Red Riding Hood Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'
Red Riding Hood Garden Phlox flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 22 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Summer Phlox
An exceptional display of fragrant solid red flowers, on compact plants with strong stems; suitable for containers or small perennial borders; good mildew resistance; a tremendous statement of color in the garden
Red Riding Hood Garden Phlox features bold fragrant conical red star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season.
Red Riding Hood Garden Phlox is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Red Riding Hood Garden Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Red Riding Hood Garden Phlox will grow to be about 18 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 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium 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 full sun to partial 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. 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.
Red Riding Hood Garden Phlox is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.