Blooming This Week (July
Phlox 'Miss Lingard'
Gardeners so often come to the Farm seeking the newest perennial
introductions, under the impression that newer = better. Not so!
Many of the finest perennial plants have been with us for
generations, shared through the years by relatives and neighbors and
carrying well loved memories with them in their travels. A perfect
example of such a plant is Phlox 'Miss Lingard'. Although there are
hundreds of newer cultivars available few perform as admirably as
this old time beauty. Believed to have been introduced in the late
1800s this heirloom Phlox offers an abundance of lovely white
flowers, sturdy upright habit, glossy mildew-resistant foliage
and exceptional length of bloom (often blooming for upwards of six
Its pure white flowers and the fact that it blooms during the
"wedding season" of June & July gained it the affectionate historic
nickname "Wedding Phlox". It is a plant with a history and - we hope
- a future.
Like so many heirloom varieties Phlox 'Miss Lingard' is disappearing
from the nursery trade, replaced by the constant influx of "New &
Better" varieties. We were down to just a few remaining plants of
this favorite when we realized that it had essentially disappeared
from the trade. Fortunately we were able to rebuild our stock and
now have a good supply of 'Miss Lingard' to offer in 2014.
We strongly believe that the test-of-time is the best way for
perennials to prove themselves. These old time performers, shared
with affection through generations, are the true "Proven Winners" of
the plant world.