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As with most plants, there are always new varieties coming down the pike; volcano phlox is one such plant.

It is a strong, shorter, denser and floriferous example that is exceptionally mildew resistant, although not entirely impervious. For this reason, you should plant them 12 to 16 inches apart to boost air circulation.

Best of all, volcano phlox is very fragrant.

In addition, if you cut back old stems by one-quarter of the growth, they will bloom again.

This plant comes in a variety of colours, even bicolours, and they bloom from early summer to fall.

It is best grown in full sun and fertile, well-worked soil. It will tolerate moderately dry soil. You should water this plant at the base and not from overhead to prevent the risk of mildew.

Phlox are great for filling in large areas or just for adding pops of colour. They are great for cottage-style gardens, native plantings and meadows; phlox are also popular with butterflies and birds.

Some varieties can provide form, colour and fragrance to mixed planters for summer arrangements. Give yourself a gift and get some for the serenity of flowers and nature.

The Dunnville Horticultural Society has resumed meeting on the third Thursday of the month at the Optimist Hall.

For more information, check out our website at dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org or our Facebook page under Dunnville Horticultural Society. Club president Deb Zynomirski can be reached by email at debzyn@gmail.com or by phone at 416-566-9337.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.


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