This is my current favorite perennial, Phlox paniculata 'Creme de Menthe'. It's got a lot going for it as a specimen plant.
It's neat and tidy, doesn't need staking, and blooms for quite awhile with some simple deadheading. It doesn't get powdery mildew like most tall phlox.
It has pretty pink flowers.
And did you notice that foliage?
If you like variegated foliage, or even if you don't, you must admit this plant is very striking, even without the flowers.
Until this year, this flower was hidden in a perennial garden run amok with overgrowth and I'll admit, a few too many weeds. This spring I moved it to my renovated flower border by the patio and now it is the star of the garden, even before it started blooming a week ago.
All it asks for is some simple deadheading of spent flowers and the removal of the occasional all green leaved shoot.
One of our fellow garden bloggers, Gina at My Skinny Garden, is going bargain shopping for flowers this weekend and wants to know what your favorite flower is, so she can add it to her list. She'd also like advice on what not to buy. Isn't it sad that garden centers and nurseries still sell some plants that we'd recommend no one buy? Anyway, go leave her some plant advice, because it is not everyday that someone asks.