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Lord Clayton, a Vibrant Phlox Paniculata Perennial

Image courtesy of Plantes NouveauThere are so many varieties of Phlox paniculata growing in my garden that I rarely need to add another one to my shopping list. And yet, every season, without fail, I finds a new cultivar that I must have. Phlox paniculata  Lord Clayton is a traffic stopper that is already on my list for next spring.

Image courtesy of Plantes NouveauImagine a combination of red and purple on one plant. The flower is an unusual cherry red and the foliage emerges in a combination of deep purple with lime colored stems and veins, later transitioning to deep purple-green. Best news of all is that this plant is highly resistant to powdery mildew, an essential attribute for all new Phlox.

Image courtesy of North Creek Nursery.Many of my clients will be pleased with the foliage of this new cultivar. So many of them ask me to make purple a dominant shade in my color compositions. This plant will be a welcome addition to the repertoire.

Like most Phlox, this plant grows best in sun, reaches 24 to 34 inches in height and is hardy in zones 4 to 8.

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Reader Comments (1)

It's rather hard to ignore Lord Clayton. It's like he has a some pheromones or secret attribute you can't quite see. Wait until you see him in live action, its a sight to behold. All the ladies want him, at least the ones who insisted I sell him to them after that magic summer when he came to stay. I refused to part with even a piece, after all there were hundreds of potted phlox in the nursery out back. The problem is that they just can't hold a candle to the glorious color on LC.

None of the images we have to date quite do him justice. This is one perennial that the camera just can't really capture. You'll see when you can watch him grow in your garden through a full year.

Thanks for the coverage,

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLost In The Flowers

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