No other group of plants in North America can equal Phlox for its preeminence in the wild and in the garden. Its sixty-one species appear in (and sometimes define) plant communities up and down the continent. And no American genus has enjoyed a richer history in the world’s gardens.
But until now, there has been no comprehensive horticultural account of the genus. In Phlox, plant expert James H. Locklear provides detailed profiles of all the currently recognized species of Phlox. Each contains general and botanical descriptions, geographic range, a description of its environment, associations with other plants, and notes on cultivation.
This landmark of horticultural literature will be the definitive reference for years to come for Phlox enthusiasts, native plant aficionados, rock gardeners, and those with an interest in the natural history of North American flora.
About the Author
James H. Locklear is the director of conservation at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. He has worked in the field of public horticulture for 30 years, previously at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Kansas, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, and the Morton Arboretum in Illinois. Locklear received the Edgar T. Wherry Award from the North American Rock Garden Society.
“Enlivened by the author’s clear, vivid writing style. Highly recommended.” —Choice
“Definitely the go-to guide for this diverse and beloved genus.” —American Gardener
“It is the evocative way Locklear describes the American landscape and plant associations which makes this book so fascinating.” —Plantsman
“A fascinating and enjoyable read.” —Professional Gardener
“Packed with history. . . . [and] growing information to help you select the right phlox species for the conditions you can offer.” —Omaha World-Herald
“A fascinating account of the botanical and horticultural history of phlox.” —Book News
“A splendid new book for naturalists.” —Transatlantic Gardener
“History and horticultural preferences as well as gorgeous photos and scientific notes.” —Muskogee Phoenix