First Editions® Cotton Candy™ Phlox

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Prolific charmer, Everyone wants dazzling flowers that last and last! Nature Hills is thrilled to offer the feature-laden good looks of First Editions® Cotton Candy™ Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Ditomfav' PP21,369). One of the Candy Store® series of Tall Garden Phlox, you'll love their tender, light purple-pink flowers that feature a sweet scent and pretty pink center.

This is a compact garden plant that requires very little effort! Achieving superior, summer-long blooms is well within reach, thanks to the help of modern cultivars! Show off your style with these long-blooming plants! Both new gardeners and savvy ones with years of experience can make the most of their summertime fun with help from Cotton Candy™ Phlox.

First Editions® Cotton Candy™ Phlox is a well-branched, green lance-leafed, compact perennial that makes a lovely showing in your landscape. The dazzling display of flowers begins to bloom in early summer and keeps your interest long into fall. Look closely to study their clear, lavender-pink petals accented with white and dark pink eye.

Plant plenty to cut for fragrant indoor arrangements. Don't forget to add cuttings of the dense, lance-shaped, emerald-green foliage to help the massed flowers "pop" in the vase. With proper care and planting site selection, they'll come back for you year after year. Count on Cotton Candy™ to produce generous bouquets of blossoms throughout your entire summer.

Local butterflies and hummingbirds will come to visit your yard all season. Feel great about this nectar-rich ecological resource to support the critical beneficial pollinators in your area!

These cultivars are a leap ahead of old-fashioned Tall Garden Phlox! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, these herbaceous perennials grow 18-24 inches in height when in bloom, and can spread into tidy clumps 18 inches wide!

Planting and Application:

Grow Cotton Candy™ in the ground, or keep them in outdoor containers for a happy, cheerful look. Use in an oversized container as a terrific "Filler" to amplify the impact of a dramatic shrub or tiny tree. Or, keep them as a single species container to "Thrill" you with their gorgeous color and delight you with their fragrance. They look great in flower boxes and vertical planters, too!

Cotton Candy™ is a great mixer! Working beautifully with other prairie-style perennials in shades from warm to cool. Whether you want to relax in a sleek, streamlined space or cram flowers upon flowers in a very personal Cottage Garden, there is always room for these prolific bloomers. Landscaping on older homes often needs a little refresh. Count of First Editions® Cotton Candy™ Phlox to revive the look, without any stress on your part.

Gift yourself a bright burst of color on a pocket-sized lot, urban courtyard, or a tiny but sunny balcony, porch, and patio. Cotton Candy™ Phlox works hard all summer long. It more than earns a place in a small space!

These are hard-working plants to use and reuse throughout your landscaping! This easy trick ties the look of your entire design together. Run a row of them to polish up the edges of your borders. Or, integrate them throughout the front end of your planting design for fresh fragrance and a pretty floral presentation.

Add charm and color the easy way! Line your front walk or underplant the south side of your foundation shrubs. Plant several of them on either side of your front door. Reclaim some of your front lawn with a mixed planting island bed.

In the backyard, create a showpiece for your neighborhood with plenty of flowering plants that offer color from spring through fall. Another intriguing way gardeners are maximizing the impact of their property is to create a welcome "getaway" destination in their lot. Use Candy Store® series Cotton Candy™ Phlox as a fragrant draw to your new outdoor room.

  • Lavish Lavender Petals With Pink Eyes - Feature Many Clustered Flowers
  • Reliable Summer Performance - Flower Power for Months!
  • You'll Love the Sweet Scent
  • Beautifully Compact & Well-Branched Form
  • Magnet for Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Stunning Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Outdoor Containers, Garden Beds & Borders & Specimens
  • Listed on Firewise Lists for Defensible Space Gardening

#ProPlantTips for Care:

With proper care and planting site selection, they'll come back for you year after year and Phlox are perfect for the beginner gardener. For the best performance, give this sun-loving perennial a planting site with at least six hours of sun a day. Plant them in well-drained soil. Improve your drainage with a raised bed. You can also consider soggy soil to be a good sign that you need to create a special container garden, raised up on bricks to allow water to drain quickly. They appreciate regular water on a consistent schedule. If you are keeping your Tall Garden Phlox in containers, don't let them dry out.

Apply a 3-4 inch layer of mulch over the root system to cut down on surface evaporation and enrich the soil but pull it away from directly touching the stems. Prune Phlox late in the season back down to the ground since these perennials die back anyway. Too busy? Don't worry, this easy task can be done in late winter or early spring, too.

Modern plant scientists have developed incredible disease resistance with a program of very careful selection over many years. You'll be amazed at the high performance and powdery mildew-resistant foliage of the desirable First Editions® Cotton Candy™ Phlox. Deadhead immediately after the flowers fade and you may just enjoy a rebloom later in the growing season!

Just getting started? These plants come back for you and offer value for your money! Divide your clumps every few years and enjoy increased vigor - and free plants to extend your Phlox enjoyment in your landscape!

  • Best in Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Moderate Yet Consistent Moisture Needs
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune Late Fall/Winter
  • Tolerates Extreme Cold
  • Resists Powdery Mildew & Disease

With great form, long-lasting flowers, and healthy high performance, don't miss our limited inventory! People go bananas for the sweet First Ediitions® Candy Store® series Cotton Candy™ Tall Garden Phlox, so order yours today at Nature Hills!

Phlox Frequently Asked Questions

Does Tall Garden Phlox spread?

Most Garden Phlox do spread some but politely so - not getting into trouble and not jumping their borders. Should the clumps become too large you can easily divide them.

Should your deadhead Tall Garden Phlox?

Deadheading Phlox helps prevent some varieties from self-seeding and encourages a rebloom.

Where is the best place to plant Phlox?

Phlox needs well-drained enriched soil with good air circulation for best results. Mulch their beds and fertilize them each spring.

What happens to Phlox in the winter?

Phlox are herbaceous perennials that will lose their leaves and stems after frost and die back to the ground. In spring, they regrow from their root systems anew!

What Shipping Options Do You Offer? works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Garden Phlox for sale here at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Cotton Candy™ Phlox Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Phlox paniculata 'Ditomfav'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 22 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Lavender With Pink Eyes
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes