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Hello, does anyone know what this is please? It's just started flowering (mid July), pointed leaves, upright, possibly evergreen, clearly perfectly happy and a vigorous grower despite being left entirely to its own devices.

Situated in Berkshire against an East-facing fence.

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  • Posted: Sun. 17th July 2016 13:37

Re: What in the world is this?

Reply from Carol

Some variety of Phlox paniculata?

I think herbaceous perennial rather than 'evergreen' - dies back in the autumn then regrows new stems in the spring. Best thing to do is trim the woody stems to about 8 inches in the autumn and they will protect the new growth from the worst of the frost (and prop up the early growth).

  • Posted: Sun. 17th July 2016 14:28

Re: What in the world is this?

Reply from Lucy Goddard

I think you might be right, Cariol! Regarding the evergreen thing, I'm new to the property, so it's only been on my radar since March. It was leafy when I moved in, but lack of pruning might account for that. So thanks, I'll be able to take it in hand now I know what it is.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th July 2016 16:24