Dreaming of Summer Parties?
Packs a punch with its numerous, brightly colored blooms and amazing disease resistance.
Size: 24-30” tall by 24 to 30” wide
USDA hardiness zones: 3-8
Sun/shade: full sun
Soil: average garden soil
Moisture: moist, but well drained
Diseases and pests: This selection is resistant to powdery mildew.
Landscape use: middle of the border, foundation plantings, mass plantings, butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, cottage gardens
Party Punch is a sturdy, compact summer phlox, growing less than 3’ tall. The color of the blooms is amazing. What amazes me is that I have nothing else in my garden that even comes close to this shade of pinkish-orange. It’s brightly hued blooms keep coming from early June to late August. This new phlox is the perfect size for mid border and it’s the perfect size for smaller, urban gardens.
Angela’s garden notes:
It is with pleasure and pride that I offer you this fantastic new selection from nurseryman Dick Maas of Handelskwekerij Maas & van Stein in Hilegom, The Netherlands. Dick is a true plantsman. He often spends his vacations exploring the wilds of Europe, searching for unusual plants. This new selection is a sport of unknown origin that appeared in his fields in Hilegom. I first received this plant as a bare root sample in 2006 and it was labeled Phlox “Careful”… as in be careful not to let anyone else have this!
Even the first year, I was impressed with its flower power, compact size super clean foliage. The summers of 2007 and 2008 brought awful drought to Baltimore. I thought for sure it would get some mildew, but I saw no signs of infection. Each bloom is unique with its almost fluorescent pinkish-orange color and thin veil of pure white lace. The color reminds me of a bowl of punch. From afar, the petals appear to be solid pinkish-orange, but look closely and you will see the dainty white veil overlay. Light green foliage is the perfect foil for the brightly colored blooms. This unusually colored, perfectly sized, disease resistant phlox will not disappoint.