‘Phlox of sheep’ or phlox ‘Of Sheep’

Last year I posted about annual phlox or Phlox drummondii. It is one of my favourite, annual bedding plants. I like it because its is easy to grow, usually fragrant, flowers for a long time and it has not been ‘spoiled’ by plant breeders and still retains some of its wild character – providing you avoid the doubles and very dwarf kinds. I am growing a few kinds this year again including my beloved ‘Moody Blues’, but one of the beauties of this plant is that it has flowers in a wide range of beautiful colours. In fact I cannot think of what colour is missing apart from true blue and black.

One of the most famous is a blend of colours, raised by Thompson & Morgan that is called ‘Phlox of Sheep’. It is a clever name I guess although it would have been more appropriate if the flowers were white I would have thought. Instead this is a pastel blend of white, creamy yellow, salmon (cooked and raw), shrimp and crabstick.

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It is a lovely mix of colours but I can’t quite get my head round the name: surely it can’t be phlox ‘Phlox of Sheep’ and the cultivar name equally can’t be ‘Of Sheep’. Or is it? I suppose the name works because it is the sort of name you won’t forget and here I am ruminating about it!

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The young plants have just started to bloom so here are some of the colours in the mix.

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The plants gradually build up to mounded bushes about 30cm high and the same across

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Geoff’s rating 8/10

Garden rating  8/10










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