|phlox pilosa, soloman's seal, and azaleas|
Close to 20 years ago, a friend gave me a clump of this pink woodland phlox. Since then, it has spread on its own, but also with a little help. Every time I thin out my perennial bed or move plants around, I seem to also have a little phlox moved as well. Gail of Clay and Limestone calls it PPPP (practically perfect phlox pilosa). Read here what she has to say about it. I just say this is a plant that "PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS"! And I have a garden full!
Here is phlox pilosa playing with ox-eye daisies.
Phlox pilosa also likes to play with red dianthus and goldmound spirea in a sunny bed.
Phlox pilosa likes to play with hosta "patriot" in a shady bed.
Look at that phlox just jumping into the middle of the sedum.
Phlox pilosa even plays well in an area where not too many other plants are happy - next to the mailbox.
Phlox pilosa snuck in with this group of soloman's seal. But that's alright. I'm happy with it wherever it is, especially during the "pink season". And when it is finished blooming I can cut it back, pull some out, or ignore it. The other plants will thrive around it.
This pilosa is also called downy phlox, prairie phlox, and fragrant phlox. Their scent is wonderful. When in bloom, I always keep a vase full inside. Hope you have plants that "play well with others"!
I am joining Susan at asoutherndaydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday and Tootsie Time for Friday Flaunt your Flowers. Please go to these blogs for links to other posts.