Mt. Cuba Center Research Report - Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region Mt. Cuba Center Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region - Page 10

TOP PERFORMERS P. carolina 'Bill Baker', P. glaberrima 'Morris Berd', P. 'Forever Pink' ««««« There is a great deal of taxonomic confusion surrounding Phlox glaberrima and Phlox carolina, such that these three cultivars may all be more closely related than their names imply. In fact, they all can be used very similarly in the garden, which is why they are grouped together here. Each produces medium-green foliage approximately 2' tall and blooms with pink flowers in late May/early June. Heavy rains can cause the plants to flop while in full flower, but 'Forever Pink' is usually the sturdiest. After blooming, all three form an attractive mound of foliage that can persist to varying degrees through winter. This is especially prominent with 'Morris Berd' which maintains its basal foliage throughout the entire year. Such overwintering basal foliage can be useful in reducing soil erosion caused by harsh winter rains. 10 Phlox carolina 'Bill Baker' foliage before flowering Phlox 'Forever Pink' Phlox glaberrima 'Morris Berd' Phlox glaberrima 'Morris Berd' foliage after removing flowering stems