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Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox

Phlox paniculata

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Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox

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Introducing the Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata), a breathtaking perennial that illuminates any garden with its ethereal beauty. This award-winning variety boasts light pink flowers with striking dark pink eyes, forming elegant panicles that dance above the dark green foliage. Standing tall at a mature height of 2 feet 6 inches to 2 feet 8 inches, with a spread of 2 feet to 2 feet 4 inches, this Phlox variety makes a stunning statement in any landscape.

Adapted to thrive under a range of light conditions, from part sun to full sun, the Luminary® 'Opalescence' is versatile and can fit into various garden designs. It flourishes during the summer months, bringing vibrant life to the garden when many other plants have ceased their bloom. This plant is not just a feast for the eyes but also attracts a symphony of wildlife, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, adding dynamic life to its surroundings.

Hardy across zones 3 to 8, the Luminary® 'Opalescence' is resilient and can withstand the average annual extreme minimum temperatures experienced in these zones. This makes it a perennial favorite that returns year after year to grace gardens with its presence. Notably, this variety stands out for its exceptional disease resistance, making it a care-free choice for gardeners. Whether used as a border plant, in containers, as part of a mass planting, or simply to enhance the landscape, this Phlox adds elegance and charm.

Plant Attributes

The Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox presents an array of captivating attributes that make it a standout addition to any garden. This perennial plant falls into the tall height category, reaching an impressive garden height of 30 to 32 inches with a generous spacing of 24 to 28 inches, allowing each plant ample room to showcase its beauty. Its spread matches its height, creating a balanced and visually appealing display. The flowers of this variety are a delicate light pink, highlighted by a darker pink eye, adding depth and interest to its panicles. The foliage is a lush dark green, providing a perfect backdrop that accentuates the vibrant blooms.

This Phlox variety is celebrated not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for its functional qualities. It is an award winner, recognized for its outstanding performance and beauty in the garden. The fragrant flowers are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, making it an essential plant for pollinator-friendly gardens. Additionally, its native North American origin contributes to local ecosystems, supporting biodiversity.

Landscape Use

The Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox is a versatile perennial that offers a wide range of landscaping uses, making it a valuable addition to various garden designs and settings. Here are some of its primary landscaping applications:

  • Border Plantings: With its tall stature and striking flower panicles, it serves as an excellent choice for the back or middle of garden borders, providing height and color throughout the summer months.
  • Container Gardening: Its upright habit and attractive foliage make it suitable for container gardening, adding elegance to patios, balconies, and entranceways. When planted in containers, it brings the beauty of the garden closer to the living spaces.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The fragrant, showy flowers of the Luminary® 'Opalescence' make it a fantastic choice for cut flower gardens. Its blooms can be used in floral arrangements, bringing the garden's beauty indoors.
  • Landscape Accent: This Phlox can be used as a standalone accent plant in garden beds, drawing attention with its light pink flowers and dark pink eyes. It adds a focal point in the landscape, especially when in full bloom.
  • Mass Planting: For a dramatic display, planting it en masse creates a sea of light pink, enhancing the visual appeal of large garden spaces. Mass plantings are ideal for public gardens, parks, and large residential landscapes.
  • Pollinator Gardens: Being a magnet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, it contributes to pollinator-friendly gardens, supporting biodiversity and the health of local ecosystems.
  • Native Gardens: As a plant native to North America, it fits seamlessly into native and wildflower gardens, promoting native biodiversity and offering a natural, low-maintenance garden solution.

These landscaping uses showcase the flexibility of the Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox, making it a cherished plant for gardeners and landscapers looking to enhance their outdoor spaces with beauty, color, and ecological benefits.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) involves several key steps to ensure its health, vibrant blooms, and overall success in your garden. Here's a comprehensive guide:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: The best time to plant the Luminary® 'Opalescence' Phlox is in the spring after the last frost or in the early fall, giving it enough time to establish before the onset of winter.
  2. Location: Choose a site that receives full sun to partial shade. While it can tolerate partial shade, more sun leads to better blooms.
  3. Soil Preparation: This Phlox prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Amend the planting site with compost or other organic matter to improve soil fertility and drainage.
  4. Planting: Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Gently remove the plant from its container, loosen the roots, and place it in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Fill in with soil, gently tamp down, and water thoroughly.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Water deeply once a week, more frequently in extreme heat or if planted in containers.
  • Mulching: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and reduce weed competition.
  • Fertilization: Feed the plant in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage growth. Repeat mid-season if growth seems sluggish or if the foliage begins to pale.
  • Pruning: After the first bloom, deadhead spent flowers to encourage a second bloom in late summer or early fall. Cut back the foliage to the ground in late fall or early winter after it dies back.
  • Disease and Pest Management: The Luminary® 'Opalescence' is noted for its disease resistance, especially to mildew, which is a common issue with Phlox. However, always provide good air circulation around plants to prevent disease. Monitor for pests and treat with appropriate methods if necessary.
  • Winter Care: In colder zones (3-8), mulch around the base of the plant in late fall to protect the roots over the winter. Remove the mulch in early spring to allow new growth to emerge.

By following these planting and care instructions, your Luminary® 'Opalescence' Tall Garden Phlox will thrive, bringing years of beauty and enjoyment to your garden with its stunning blooms and fragrant flowers.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Requires consistently moist, well-drained soil; thrives with regular watering, especially in extreme heat or when planted in containers.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: FLOKS pan-ih-ku-LAY-ta
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 30-32 inches with a spread of 24-28 inches.
  • Special features: Award Winner, Fragrant Flower, Disease Resistant, Attracts Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds, Native to North America
  • Foliage color: Dark Green
  • Blooms: Mid to Late Summer
  • Flower color: Light pink with dark pink eye
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Eclectic, Traditional
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a vibrant border or as part of a mass planting for a stunning display in the garden. Its fragrant flowers make it a perfect choice for sensory gardens or near outdoor living areas where its scent can be enjoyed. Can also be planted in containers for decks, patios, or balcony gardens.
  • Companion Plants: Complements other perennials like Coneflower, Black-eyed Susan, and Salvia, as well as ornamental grasses, creating a diverse and attractive garden setup.

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