Mt. Cuba Center Research Report - Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region Mt. Cuba Center Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region - Page 7

SUN PHLOX Phlox paniculata 'Ditomdre' (Coral Crème Drop) «««« Phlox paniculata 'Ditomdre' belongs to the Candy Store™ series and is sold under the trade name Coral Crème Drop. It is a compact cultivar, reaching approximately 3' tall. Coral Crème Drop did develop some mildew during the trial, but the disease did not affect the health of the leaves as much as other cultivars. Coral Crème Drop is particularly eye-catching thanks to its salmon-pink flowers highlighted by dark stems and buds. Although dark stems and foliage can be seen on other cultivars, the coloring usually fades before the plants bloom. Coral Crème Drop maintains the dark coloration longer than any other cultivar, resulting in a more dramatic floral display. Phlox paniculata 'Shortwood' «««« 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"). However, the cultivar 'Shortwood' was actually developed by Sinclair Adams as a cross between Phlox paniculata 'David' and Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum'. 'Shortwood' has been cited by other trial gardens as one of the most mildew resistant cultivars available, but that was not the case in our trial. 'Shortwood' developed a fair amount of mildew, but excelled instead due to its incredibly sturdy habit and long-lasting display of pure pink flowers from late July through early September. mtcubacenter.org 7