Do I cut the tall garden phlox back ?
It's time to put the flowerbeds to rest for the long cold winter. Just about the only thing that is still blooming might be a few blooms on my tall garden phlox and the marigolds and alyssum. I've decided to leave the alyssum alone and hopefully it will reseed itself. The Malva Zebrina is full of buds but the deer ate all the leaves off, leaving the blooms alone. I think I have one bloom on the Dr. Ruppel clematis left and of course, the snapdragons. I'm sure the first frost will take care of all of those things blooming. Do I go ahead and cut my tall garden phlox down to the basal crown and mulch all around it? I have plant support rings around all the garden phlox..guess it might be a good idea to pull them up and store them into garage away from the winter elements and put them back up in the Spring when the phlox starts growing again. Dr. Ruppel is in Group#2, so that doesn't get cut back until about mid March. Of course, the mums are still blooming but starting to fade out. Pansy's are in bloom because they have only been here about a month. They can hold up to frost I think. Almost forgot to ask this question. How do I collect seeds from my own phlox?