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Growing Night Phlox Plants: Information On Night Phlox Care

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Growing night phlox is a great way to add evening fragrance to the night blooming garden. Learn how to grow this plant and good companions for it in this article.

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How to Grow Creeping Phlox

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Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is a low-growing, mat-forming plant that is often seen spreading as a ground cover, in rock gardens, and even in crevices of stone walls. It blooms in the late spring to early summer with clusters of fragrant, five-petal flowers that stretch almost an inch across. These flowers tend to attract butterflies and other pollinators to a garden. And after they’re done blooming, the creeping phlox foliage still remains green and attractive for much of the year before dying back in the winter. Plant your creeping phlox in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. The plant has a moderate growth rate.

Botanical Name Phlox stolonifera
Common Names Creeping phlox, moss phlox, star rock phlox
Plant Type Herbaceous, perennial
Mature Size 6–12 in. tall, 9–18 in. wide
Sun Exposure Full, partial
Soil Type Loamy, well-drained
Soil pH Acidic, neutral, alkaline
Bloom Time Spring, summer
Flower Color Purple, pink, white
Hardiness Zones 5–9 (USDA)
Native Area North America
Toxicity Nontoxic
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Scented Night Phlox Zaluzianskya ovata

With highly fragranced blooms that open through the summer, the buds emerge like little match sticks over the plant before bursting into a myriad of shining pinwheels.

An easy-to-grow, compact plant, the scented night phlox is an alpine perennial that forms a neat mound of aromatic, evergreen foliage topped with an abundance of petite buds which open in the evening to reveal the sparkling white flowers and a fabulous honey-vanilla scent.

Flowers close in the heat of the day and in the evening they unfurl releasing their intoxicating perfume! Night-scented plants are common, but the overwhelming sweet fragrance of Zaluzianskya is one of the best!

Normally treated as an annual in the UK, it can be over-wintered in a pot in dry, frost-free conditions.

To really appreciate Night Phlox, plant up into your favourite container and add to tables when alfresco dining.

Supplied as 3 jumbo plug plants ready to pot up and grow on before planting out when all risk of frost has passed.

What Is Supplied

Supplied as 3 jumbo plug plants ready to pot up and grow on before planting out when all risk of frost has passed. Ultimate height 25cm x 60cm (10in x 24in).


The Etymology of the Phlox Flower

Phlox flower is also known as Woodland/Tall/Fall/Summer/Garden Phlox. Original name of this flower is phlox, which means flame or light in the Greek language. Phlox flower comes from the Polemoniaceae family.

Most species in the Polemoniaceae family are herbs. The native habitat of the Phlox flower in North America, but you can find it in almost all continents today. Phlox flower became recognized in 1732 but waited a bit for the moment to became popular (during the late 1880s). In 1732, Jacob Dillenius, German botanist, got an assignment.

His job was to write a description of the Eltham garden. A large number of Phlox paniculata was spread all over the garden and Jacob wrote a lot about them. That was the story about how the Phlox flower became popular. Now we know about 67 species of the Phlox flower that come in dozens of beautiful shades.

As every flower has a couple of interesting stories and legends behind it, the Phlox flower has one more, too.

Actually, we will tell you about the Phlox drummondii, the species that grow in the wilderness of South-East and United States region. Thomas Drummond, who was a curator of the famous Belfast Botanic Garden, lived in 1830e. Drummond had a desire to search for new flowers and bring new species to his home in Britain.

The man went through very tough conditions – winter, illness, animal attacks, even starvation, but he managed to send many new species home.

Phlox flower was among those species and that is how the Phlox drummondii got its name.


Scented Night Phlox Zaluzianskya ovata

With highly fragranced blooms that open through the summer, the buds emerge like little match sticks over the plant before bursting into a myriad of shining pinwheels.

An easy-to-grow, compact plant, the scented night phlox is an alpine perennial that forms a neat mound of aromatic, evergreen foliage topped with an abundance of petite buds which open in the evening to reveal the sparkling white flowers and a fabulous honey-vanilla scent.

Flowers close in the heat of the day and in the evening they unfurl releasing their intoxicating perfume! Night-scented plants are common, but the overwhelming sweet fragrance of Zaluzianskya is one of the best!

Normally treated as an annual in the UK, it can be over-wintered in a pot in dry, frost-free conditions.

To really appreciate Night Phlox, plant up into your favourite container and add to tables when alfresco dining.

Supplied as 3 jumbo plug plants ready to pot up and grow on before planting out when all risk of frost has passed.


Midnight Candy Night Phlox

Night phlox is what dreams are made of. As the sun goes down, its tiny burgundy buds begin to open until they reveal masses of starry white blooms that glow in the moonlight. But its their fragrance that really rules the night. Sweet and intoxicating, it floats on the breeze, making one think of honey and freshly baked vanilla cake. The scent intensifies with the darkness until, near midnight, you'll be swooning.

One packet of about 1,000 seeds

  • Night Phlox Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/8”
    Seed Spacing:1”-2”
    Plant Spacing:6”-12”
    Days to Germination:7-14 days
    Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Zaluzianskya capensis. Night Phlox is what dreams are made of. As the sun goes down, its tiny burgundy buds begin to open until they reveal masses of starry white blooms that glow in the moonlight. But it’s their fragrance that really rules the night. Sweet and intoxicating, it floats on the breeze, making one think of honey and freshly baked vanilla cake. The scent intensifies with the darkness until, near midnight, you’ll be swooning. Seeds can be sown directly into the garden after the last frost date, or indoors 3 to 4 weeks earlier. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil and keep them moist until germination. Once all danger of frost has passed, harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then transplant them to 12" apart in full sun and consistently moist, well-drained soil. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 12".

  • Night Phlox Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/8”
    Seed Spacing:1”-2”
    Plant Spacing:6”-12”
    Days to Germination:7-14 days
    Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Zaluzianskya capensis. Night Phlox is what dreams are made of. As the sun goes down, its tiny burgundy buds begin to open until they reveal masses of starry white blooms that glow in the moonlight. But it’s their fragrance that really rules the night. Sweet and intoxicating, it floats on the breeze, making one think of honey and freshly baked vanilla cake. The scent intensifies with the darkness until, near midnight, you’ll be swooning. Seeds can be sown directly into the garden after the last frost date, or indoors 3 to 4 weeks earlier. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil and keep them moist until germination. Once all danger of frost has passed, harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then transplant them to 12" apart in full sun and consistently moist, well-drained soil. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 12".


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