True red phlox? You bet!
Smoldering atop the world’s only black leafed cultivar.

Dramatic black and lime green foliage colors for late spring from Lord Clayton Phlox.

Early Season Foliage

Early spring leaves are the blackest of burgundy as they rise from the soil. As the leaves age and become more plentiful, each develops the arresting accent of a striking acid green stripe down the midrib.  Quite a showstopper clump of foliage it is too. The truest red of any Phlox paniculata bloom is definitely Lord Clayton.

The strong stems are black burgundy from the soil line to the tips where the midsummer blooms will form. There is no other colored leaf cultivar within the Phlox paniculata plant family even though it is a vast and highly varied assortment of available perennials.

He is very debonair this high society gent. At home in any garden where full sun will allow him to strut his stuff. Black tie attire completed when he pins those fire engine red flower heads to the tips of every showy stem when July is under way (zone 5). Dazzling in full dress, Lord Clayton is talented at turning heads.

Dazzling in full dress, Lord Clayton is talented at turning heads.

Lord Clayton Phlox in full bloom

No color rendering needs to be done when it comes to this plant or these flowers. All these photos are true to color. There is a noticeable different in hue to any other tall phlox bloom found to date. It is the truest to red of any of them.  Believed to be a natural cross between Phlox paniculata ‘The King’ and Phlox paniculata ‘Starfire’.

Starfire can only hope to claim a red bloom. Instead it is very much on the pink side of the color chart and a short plant of about 24″ in height. The theory is that the bluer tones of The King allowed the cross to produce a true red. Works well in crayons and paint the same should be true in nature.

Like any dark color foliage plant, the more sun will markedly deepen the black variegation. The intense coloring of the stems does not fade in less sunlight. As shown in the above photo shot inside a greenhouse, the stem remains dark. No matter what lighting you grow Lord Clayton in, the stem is one tone from tip to soil.

Sporting dark dress hose all the way to the tops of his wing tips, Lord Clayton Phlox is dramatic and fetching. When he starts pumping out blooms, every woman will want him. He’s just that rakish kind of guy. You know, the one that all the girls are after. The ones who have seen Lord Clayton in full show regalia insisted that they must own him. Until now, no one else was allowed even the smallest little piece.

Your garden will never be the same.

Greenhouse grown Lord Clayton Phlox will lack the total impact from strong sunlight outdoors.

Greenhouse grown foliage color.

This exclusive plant portrait is found only on Lost In The Flowers. I doubt even the most observant catalog nurseries know about Lord Clayton garden phlox yet, give them a little time as we’re sure they will catch on soon. Production for wholesale availability has only just begun. For once an arresting plant of huge appeal originated on this side of the pond. Collectors in Europe will just have to wait, as trialing is not yet completed there.

The plant has been stable and reliable throughout the entire 6 years of its existence. Truly one to swoon over. Once you get a good long look at Phlox paniculata Lord Clayton you’ll be begging for him to move in at your garden too. Full sun, dry to moderate soil, hardy in zones 4 – 8 (maybe zone 3 too). Mature plant will be 40-48″ tall and up to 3′ wide.

All inquiries about the future of Lord Clayton Phlox PPAF, should be directed to Plants Nouveau who is introducing this most sophisticated plant to the world.

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