Garden phlox come in a variety of colors and are ideal for adding color in most gardens. They range from white and pale shades of pink and purple to bright reds, pinks and purples. Volcano phlox are among the most mildew-tolerant and are more compact than some of the older varieties of phlox. As a result, they don’t need to be staked and can be used in a variety of settings. They’re also easy to divide, especially in the early spring and late fall once they’ve completed their bloom cycle. Daylilies are another garden workhorse, adding color for long periods of time, with minimal care and maintenance. Stella-type daylilies are rebloomers and are an option for non-stop color.
Using Color Schemes in the Garden
There are a number of color schemes that can be used in the garden. Analogous colors are generally 3 colors side-by-side on a 12-part color wheel. They can be used in any combination to create a monochromatic color scheme.
Complementary colors are those that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Using them together creates a soothing yet colorful display.
Neutral colors include ones that can be used without changing the overall effect of your design. They include silvers, browns, gray and white.
White as a neutral color in the garden
Volcano ‘White’ works beautifully in an all-white garden. However, because it’s a neutral color, it pairs nicely with both softer colors and bold colors. Adding white to any garden brings out the other colors.
SPECIAL NOTE: Volcano phlox were selected as the Perennial for 2015 in the “Oklahoma Proven” program, a plant promotion program coordinated by faculty in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. They report that “Phlox paniculata Volcano® series is more compact, fragrant, and powdery mildew tolerant than other garden phlox types. Plants develop sturdy stems, 24-28” tall, with deep green leaves and an abundance of large flowers that appear from June to September if plants are cut back after initial bloom. ”