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Phlox paniculata ‘Shortwood’

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Summary

Phlox paniculata ‘Shortwood’ is actually not short at all. Growing to approximately 4.5′ tall, it represents one of the taller cultivars of garden phlox in the trial. It was named for the garden of author and perennial plant expert Stephanie Cohen who calls her own garden Shortwood (since “Longwood was already taken”). The cultivar ‘Shortwood’ was developed by Sinclair Adams as a cross between Phlox paniculata ‘David’ and Phlox paniculata ‘Eva Cullum’. Although ‘Shortwood’ has been cited by other trial gardens as one of the most powdery mildew resistant cultivars available, it did develop a fair amount of mildew in our trial. `Shortwood’ excelled in spite of that due to its incredibly sturdy habit and long-lasting display of pure pink flowers from late July through early September.


Details

  • Rating
    3.8 
  • Common Name
    Shortwood garden phlox  
  • Bloom Period
    late July—early September 
  • Peak Bloom
    late July 
  • Size
    54” x 36” 
  • Fragrance
    Mild 
  • Powdery Mildew Resistance
    Fair