Phlox "Cleopatra" (Phlox paniculata Cleopatra) is a hybrid with a 3D flower shape. Additional layers of petals make the plant more fluffy and voluminous. There is no other lush flower to find, so the novelty is very popular among amateurs and professionals.
Features of holiday phlox
“Cleopatra” is not only distinguished by its volumetric shape, but also by the bright color of the broom - it is saturated pink. This means that the plant will look spectacular in a group with red and purple flowers. But solo it looks no worse.
The height of the flower is only 55 cm, so you can plant it not only in open areas, but also in containers. Another plus is plant endurance and excellent resistance to various diseases, including powdery mildew and spotting.
“Cleopatra” blooms from June to October. The scope is extensive, from planting in flower beds to cutting. If planted correctly in an open sunny area, the flowers will be large and fluffy.
Another important point - "Cleopatra" needs good watering. Its root system can be located 30 cm below the soil level. This means that drought will affect the plant not in the best way. But the problem is easily solved by mulching. And if you take violet chips for this purpose, the final result will be not only practical, but also very attractive.
Use in landscape design: rules and examples
You can use the Cleopatra phlox both as a soloist and as a group. For example, a flower can be planted on the top of an alpine hill or arranged as a background for stunted plants. You can also dilute the lawn with it.
"Cleopatra" is great for decorating diverse flower beds and borders, for decorating ponds and water tanks. Often it is used as a second tier on the terrace.
The presented type of phlox will look good in:
- imitation of a flowering meadow;
- shadow garden;
- avant-garde flower garden;
The ideal option is to plant in front of a taller plant. A good way of arranging is in a flowerbed with the right neighbor.
We also offer you to learn about how to grow a bright autumn flower "Gelenium".
How to grow perennial phlox from seeds
How to combine with other plants
Phlox "Cleopatra", which is actively used to design slopes, rock gardens, paths and lawns, can be combined with a number of plants. Basically, perennials that coincide in flowering time are used for this purpose, but various primroses or conifers can also be used.
Phlox "Cleopatra" loves moisture and rich soil. Therefore, you should choose for him such neighbors as nyvnyak or yarrow. A good option is the Japanese anemone (Anemone japonica) or loosestrife (Lythrum), since the root system of the presented plants goes deeper than the roots of phlox.
A win-win way to create optimal conditions for Cleopatra is to plant bells near it (Campanula patula). But it is not worthwhile to have different plants close so that they have enough air.
The most spectacular combinations
Saturated pink phlox “Cleopatra” will look more attractive if you place next to it a phlox of an even more saturated pink hue. Better if it will have the color of fuchsia.
With the arrangement of the presented plants as an ornament, the effect will be enhanced many times. You can try to make flower beds of different levels, this option also looks original. If the contrast is too sharp, it is recommended to dilute phlox with a transitional color plant.
Emphasis on color
The Cleopatra color palette will fit perfectly with snow-white, purple and yellow colors. Daisies, lilies and geleniums will make the pink phlox flowerbed more romantic, roses and dahlias more festive. Among other things, you can take into service all the cream, yellow and pale beige plants.
Best friend - catnip
Lush voluminous phlox “Cleopatra” will be perfect in tandem with catnip (Nepeta). At the same time, a catnip with a massive phlox will look very easy and relaxed. Cleopatra is recommended to be planted in the background, and catnip in the foreground. In this case, it is not only a perfect combination of colors, but also a combination of shapes, lines and bends. Spikelets of catnip harmoniously look with the contours of pink phlox.
If you want to create a grandiose effect, surround the catnip and “Cleopatra” with a nyavnik (Leucanthemum). He will not draw attention to himself, but will emphasize the beauty of the main plants, slightly diluting it. In this case, the combination of pink, lilac and white will give a glow effect.
Phlox: reproduction and landing
Phlox "Cleopatra" is a whole hat of unusual star-shaped flowers with double petals. The plant can be combined with many varieties of flowers and feels great in almost any part of the garden. A separate plus is Cleopatra’s resistance to various diseases.