The variegated phlox has an amazing decorative property - it is very beautiful even in the absence of active flowering stage. The most common phlox is styloid variegated - a large number of varieties and varieties of this plant are presented. In this material, only some species and varieties are considered, it is told about the basic rules of agrotechnology of this culture. Proper planting and care of the plant in the open field allows you to create a stunning flower garden, which will please the eye from early spring to late autumn.
The most beautiful variety is the phlox "Harlequin", which has a combination of several colors in the color of the leaf blade and the stem.
It can bloom for a long time and is suitable for bouquet compositions.
Variegated phloxes attract attention with their flowering and decorative foliage. They make a worthy competition to their ordinary brethren.
The color of the sheet of variegated phlox, besides the green color, can be white or cream, lemon, yellow, golden, light green or light green and even pinkish with different saturation.
Planting and care for variegated phlox
The appearance of variegation is usually associated with the impact on plants of various environmental factors. The air and water permeability of the soil, its pH, high air temperature or its sudden fluctuation, gas pollution, lighting, water quality and quantity can cause mutational variability, including variegation. Those who have been engaged in phlox for many years have often had to deal with the phenomenon when a sprout suddenly grows in a bush with a shape that is not typical for a variety or the color of leaves.
Planting variegated phlox and caring for it later do not pose difficulties for experienced flower growers. This is a standard set of agricultural practices.
That is, variegated phlox - not new, they always appeared throughout the culture. But, since mutation is an accidental, sudden and unpredictable phenomenon, reverse mutations are also possible, in which the specimen returns to its original state, acquires the same characteristics of the variety and loses the original coloring of the leaves. Perhaps this was the reason that the variegated phlox forms of the paniculate, described in the catalogs of the XVIII-XIX centuries. not preserved to this day.
Shoots with ordinary green leaves that have appeared in the bush of variegated phlox usually develop faster than variegated, drowning and displacing them. In order not to lose the variety, you have to completely dig out the plant and remove unnecessary shoots along with the roots.
When choosing a place for planting phloxes, it is important to remember that the variegation is fully manifested only under good lighting conditions. However, in some varieties, under the influence of midday sunlight, burns are often observed, sometimes their leaves even become curved or wrinkled. Decorative foliage quality can reduce the excess nitrogen fertilizer.
See what the variegated phlox looks like in the photo, representing different species, varieties and plant varieties:
One of the first variegated varieties of phylox styloid that appeared in Russia in the middle of the 1990-s was the variety 'Nora Leigh'.
Later in the Russian gardens began to encounter three twin varieties:
'Crume de Menthe'
Phlox "Harlequin" ('Harlequin'): description and photo
The Harlequin phlox is a flower with a diameter of 3,5 cm; In the afternoon violet, in the evening dark violet, almost inky with a little darker ring tone.
Description of Phlox "Harlequin": inflorescence is rounded conic, large. Bush height 75 - 80 cm, durable, grows quickly. The leaves are dark green with a wide uneven cream border. A variety of medium early flowering, winter hardy, moderately resistant to mushroom diseases.
Look at the Harlequin phlox in the photo, where all its advantages are visible:
Other varieties of variegated phlox
'Becky Tov' ('Becky towe')
Flower diameter 3,5 - 3,8 cm; bright, salmon-pink with a raspberry peephole. The inflorescence is round, small, dense. Bush height to 100 cm, upright, durable. Green leaves with broad feather-shaped golden-yellow border; By the time of flowering, the rims brighten to creamy yellow. It multiplies well. Variety average term flowering, unstable to fungal diseases.
'Goldmine' ('Goldmine ')
Flower wheel-shaped, diameter 3,8 cm; very bright, purple-crimson with a bright red eye; does not fade in the sun. The inflorescence is round-conical, small, medium density. Bush height to 100 cm, durable. The leaves are green with a wide uneven bright golden border. It multiplies well. A variety of medium late flowering, unstable to fungal diseases.
'Darwin Joyce' ('Darwin's Joyce')
Flower diameter 2,5 - 3,0 cm; white-pink with blurry bright price thunder. The inflorescence is round-conical, large, very dense. Bush height 60 -80 cm, compact, durable. The leaves are green with a broad feather-shaped pale cream border. Flowering long. A variety of medium late flowering, winter-hardy, unstable to fungal diseases.
Flower wheel-shaped, diameter 3,5 - 3,9 cm; thick pink with a salmon shade of an unusual tone, sometimes with a slight lightening in the center. Petals slightly wavy. The inflorescence is round, rather dense. Bush height 70 - 80 cm, upright, durable. The leaves are green with a wide uneven cream border. Flowering long. Variety average term flowering, unstable to fungal diseases.