Intensia Means Fabulous Phlox Until Fall

By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, and Speaker | Facebook @NormanWinterTheGarden Guy

On more than one occasion I have been guilty of warning gardeners the perils of being out phloxed by their neighbors. If this happens your neighbors will certainly have the most dazzling landscape in the neighborhood. Should you feel this danger is creeping upon you and your flower border, then remember the variety Intensia.

The Intensia phlox has certainly put the fun of growing color back into the everyday garden. The series has been out for a while but is still the one that others aspire to. When I was a Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University, we planted them in our spring trials in late April and they were still in magnificent bloom for the Fall Flower & Garden Fest in October.

A dozen years later, son James used Intensia Blueberry in a picturesque cottage garden with gomphrena, geraniums, and vinca not knowing his old Dad was already a true believer in the series. I was anxious to see if they performed in Georgia as they did in Mississippi. It was a horticultural homerun all the way, even as they were pulled for pansy planting in early November.

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