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Regional Picks: Best New Finds – Mid-Atlantic

Fine Gardening – Issue 174

1. ‘Morris Berd’ Smooth Phlox

Name: Phlox glaberrima ‘Morris Berd’

Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 2 feet tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist soil

If you are looking for a mildew-free phlox, ‘Morris Berd’ smooth phlox is the plant for you. This late-spring bloomer performs well in full sun to light shade and develops a nice clump of dark green basal foliage that persists through winter. It’s an unexpected evergreen element throughout the colder months, keeping the garden interesting. ‘Morris Berd’ smooth phlox may be familiar to home gardeners as a staple for the border garden, but using it as a ground cover produces a stunning effect. Blooming after most moss phlox (Phlox subulata and cvs., Zones 3–9) in spring but before garden phlox (Phlox paniculata and cvs., Zones 3–8) in summer, ‘Morris Berd’ smooth phlox will grace your garden with bright pink flowers for several…

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