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Phlox divaricata Clouds of Perfume


Heady scent best appreciated near a path or walkway

This sweetly scented variety makes a spreading mound of bright green leaves which makes a lovely soft background for the profusion of small ice blue flowers in summer.


Ideal for a bed or use in a cottage-style garden. To fully appreciate their fragrance, plant near entranceways or pathways. Grow in a sunny, sheltered spot or in light shade and take care to shelter from cold, drying winter winds.


Enjoys a rich, fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 20 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay
Light exposure Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September