Far North phlox paniculata varieties?

north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)August 10, 2014

Another thread showing what looks like a stunning phlox prompts this question.
I've noticed that a lot of comments about phlox on the perennial forum mention a problem with mildew, but the two varieties I have never have trouble with it. So maybe I could try more of them. I only have the common purple one and a white called David.
What are your recommendations? And if you have pictures that would be great too. Thanks.
I'm at that point of the summer where I'm looking at my garden plotting changes.

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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I have Dave as well, and a pink one that isn't blooming yet. I did have some purple ones but they seem to have disappeared over the years.

I've never had PM problems with this one.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 1:22PM
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David is quite resistant to powdery mildew so is a good choice. I had Norah Leigh which has variegated leaves with pinky-violet flowers that was resistant as well but she didn't overwinter for me this year; it was a brutal winter. Natasha and Laura are said to be less susceptible to mildew as well. If you google Mildew Resistant Phlox you will get a list of cultivars that are less mildew prone and advice for growing.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 1:56PM
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There is a discussion on Phlox over on the Perennial Forum you might want to check out; lots of nice pictures.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:00PM
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I have never had much luck growing phlox. Tried a few times and it rarely overwinters. Even the arctic phlox doesn't survive.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:37PM
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I love tall garden phlox! This is 'Becky Towe'.

This post was edited by twrosz on Tue, Aug 12, 14 at 1:05

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 1:03AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

Very nice Twrosz! How long have you had it?
I'm interested in the varieties that are hardy in Far North gardens. My SIL had a Nora Leigh, but it didn't overwinter for her.
Donna, the purple one I have has been thriving for many years. It would fill the whole bed if I let it. I'll go take a picture of it today.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 8:03AM
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north53, I've grown 'Becky Towe' for at least 15 years. Most garden phlox do well here in zone 3, though I've had problems when we've received very little snow cover ... thankfully, that's rarely been the case with being in a snow belt.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:47PM
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