Last season was our first with a substantial amount of phlox. It isn't a perfect cut flower crop- it's susceptible to a number of fungal diseases that leave the plant looking rough late in the seson, but this can be forgiven in light of all its virtues.
First, it is reliable. Even after a bitterly cold winter, here it is sending up shoots that look strong and abundant. Second, it's an easy keeper, especially if I don't fret too much about the lower leaves dying. Third, it is beautiful.
And finally, if you look closely above, you'll see two tiny legs poking out from the flower on the right - the little six- and eight-legged creatures love it.
As do I.