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Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox

Phlox paniculata 'Ditoran'

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Sweet Summer Queen Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Ditoran') at Vandermeer Nursery

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox flowers

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox flowers

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Sweet Summer Queen Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Ditoran') at Vandermeer Nursery

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox in bloom

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Sweet Summer Queen Orange Dark Eye

Group/Class:  Sweet Summer Series


Exceptional clusters of fragrant, salmon pink flowers with white flares and hot pink centers, atop bronze-green foliage; blooms from early to late summer; suitable for containers or perennial borders; strong disease resistance

Ornamental Features

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox features bold clusters of fragrant salmon star-shaped flowers with hot pink eyes and a white flare at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in colour with showy coppery-bronze variegation throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Sweet Summer™ Queen 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;

  • Disease

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 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.

Sweet Summer™ Queen Garden Phlox is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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