Wild Blue Phlox–Success at Last

Wild Blue Phlox

 I have tried in vain to grow Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata) that would last for more than one season;  I was never successful until now.  I have replanted more Wild Blue Phlox than any other plant in my garden.  No, make that more than all the plants I have replaced in my gardens.  I finally gave up a few years ago.

savanna wild blue phloxIsn’t this lovely?  This was the planting in my savanna island the first year., but none came back the following year.  I call the area on the other side of the garage a savanna, and while it receives morning shade from the Black Walnut on the east side of the property, it’s sunny all afternoon.   Other partial shade savanna plants thrive there–Bloodroot, Dutchman’s Breeches, Red Trillium, Virginia Bluebells, Jacob’s Ladder, Wild Geranium,  Virginia Waterleaf, Starry Campion, Elm-leaved Goldenrod, and Short’s Aster and various sedges, but the Wild Blue Phlox only lasted a season.

wild blue phlox nxt to logMay 2007  New planting.


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Bliss Woods savanna, Sugar Grove, May 2009.  Nature’s secret–everything grows close together, much closer than in our gardens, each plant holds the other in check.  For instance, my Elm-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia), which doesn’t bloom until October, is already 1 1/2’-2’ tall in my savanna garden, while at Bliss Woods it is still lower growing than the Wild Blue Phlox.

Wild blue Phlox under tree at Karen's

May 2015 at my friend Karen’s house, mixed with Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense).  If happy, Wild Blue Phlox readily seeds itself and will increase by runners, as well.

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May 2015, again at Karen’s house, along with False Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina racemosa), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), and Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense).

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Wild Blue Phlox at the top of a northwest-facing slope at my daughter Nancy’s house  yesterday.  The phlox receives water from a nearby downspout as it descends down the hill.

Wild blue Phlox my gardem under Redbud

Ta-dah!   May 2015  my house!!!!.  Given to me last year by my hostess at the Bloomington/Normal Wild Ones, I planted it under a Redbud tree next to my patio.   It’s mixed in with Penn Sedge (Carex pensylvanica), Shooting Star (Dodecatheon media), and Wild Hyacinth.   Thank you, thank you, thank you, Bloomington/Normal Wild Ones.

Do any of you have a problem growing Wild Blue Phlox?

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