Phlox Paniculata ‘David’s Lavender’

Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender'
Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender'

The flowers of Phlox paniculata ‘David’s Lavender’ are a pinkish lavender color with a white eye. I planted some of these tall phlox in spring, and the plants started flowering at the end of August. The blooms on this perennial are very attractive, and perk up the part shade garden area of blues and whites.

These are supposed to be as mildew resistant as the white Phlox paniculata ‘David’. I don’t have many problems with my phlox, but mildew resistance is a great trait, and so far these  seem healthy. It will be a better comparison next year, when they’ve grown in my garden for a season.

Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender' morning light
Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender' morning light

The flower colour looks great. It is midway between a lavender and the phlox magenta. In the morning when I look out of my bedroom window, they appear more lavender coloured, just like the second photo. During the brightest light of the day, they have more of the phlox magenta showing, like the first photo. I have them planted next to some white Phlox paniculata ‘David’ and behind some Campanula ‘Summertime Blues’, which have purplish blue bells. A white flowered Hydrangea will be going in behind them, replacing a Viburnum that was planted too close to the house.

My David  in this area opened shortly after  ‘David’s Lavender’. Since I planted the new phlox this season, I won’t know until next year what the natural bloom time of ‘David’s Lavender’ will be. David flowers late in my garden usually starting about the middle of August, but this year it started at the end of August.

This is a part shade garden bed,  so phlox does well here. The  colour of David’s Lavender brightens up the white and blue flowers. In the photo below, You can see how each set of petals on ‘David’s Lavender’ stand out because of the white eye, compared to David on the right. I’ll be adding more ‘David’s Lavender’ to this group next year. These are a showy perennial that look good with the late summer flowers.

Update: The ‘David’s Lavender’ are blooming very well in the next year. They flower a little after ‘David’, and last for over 6 weeks in late summer and fall.

Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender' and 'David'
Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender' and 'David'

12 thoughts on “Phlox Paniculata ‘David’s Lavender’”

  1. I already have David and have been very pleased with him. He is late for me as well, just started flowering 2 weeks ago. I think that I should get his brother too, I wouldn’t want to seperate a family! He is actually even more beautiful than David, shhh… don’t tell him I said that.

    1. Deborah, I like to have a few flowers that don’t open until late in the season, as it gives me something new to look forward to in the garden. The lavender colour perks up this area of the garden now. The David’s Lavender actually came as a growth from a David plant, so technically they are even closer than brothers.

      Sunita, you will have something new in the garden to look forward to all through the year. Are those the annual phlox seeds that you plant now? They have very cheery flowers.

      Katarina, I’ve found that the white David has been very healthy for me, and a reliable bloomer every year. I have another David plant in a much shadier area, and I’m surprised that it always blooms. Although I’m very partial to white flowers, the David’s Lavender gives a lift to this garden bed, with the bright colour.

      Shady Gardener, I’m sorry that we stole a little of your heat. Today we set a record for the hottest Sept. 16 in Edmonton, 32º C (90º F). Normally I’m starting to worry about frost at this time of year, but today I was more concerned about wilting plants.

  2. That reminds me… I’ve got to buy some Phlox seeds. This is when we sow phlox seeds so that they’ll bloom by February (our winter) when temperatures are a more pleasant 15 – 20*C or so.

  3. Hi Northern Shade! I have both these plants, also. They were doing Great until recently. We’ve had so much rain and cool weather this Summer, that our grass didn’t even go dormant (an annual event in July/August in hot dry weather). (They actually have some mildew… a first.)

    1. The Garden Ms. S, I like the way this phlox looks in the bed, so next year I’m going to add another group of David’s Lavender on the other side of the peony, and a few more of them behind these two. The Phlox and the Hydrangeas are the most noticeable blooms in the middle of September in my garden.

    1. Rebecca, yes, there are only the Cimicifuga to still look forward to this year, and then I will have to start anticipating the spring bulbs. :)

      Barbara, it should be able to flower with the Hydrangea then too. I might look at adding a few more late flowering perennials here, but since the frosts often start in September, it’s a race to flower before things shut down for the year. The phlox doesn’t mind the first few frosts though, and neither do the Hydrangeas.

  4. Mystery solved – and in just one day – these blogs are great. I posted a photo of this new pale eyed creature that is growing right next to heavenly David, and didn’t have a clue where it came from. As far as bloom time, I know that your season is somewhat compressed compared with ours, so this might not be the same for you, but my white David blooms through August, finishes and passes the flowering baton to his lovely offspring in early September.

  5. hi Northern Shade – Phlox David is sooo garden-worthy, I can’t get enough of those huge white puffs in late summer. There is a purple one growing right next to my David, I always just assumed it was a seedling but now you are making me wonder if it’s just a growth from my David. Strange how that happens.

    1. Ellen, I enjoy the Phlox David too, since it is so showy in late summer and fall, and the panicles last for a long time. It is easy to pair up, since it looks great with everything. ‘David’s Lavender’ is a sport of David. So far, mine seems as healthy as David, and the colour blends well with whites, pinks and blues.

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