Zaluzianskya ovata

9cm pot £5.99
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Buy Zaluzianskya ovata night phlox: Whirligig-like blooms all summer

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist but sharply drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

    Opening from red buds during sunny periods in summer, the red-backed, white flowers of this night scented stock have a whirligig-like appearance, which is further enhanced by the deep notch at the tip of each petal.

  • Garden care: Water sparingly in winter and provide protection from cold. Cut back hard immediately after flowering has finished.

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Flowered their hearts out.


I grew these in pots in our evening seating area. What a lovely fragrance and very attractive blooms.




No flowers first year


I've had these before and they have the most wonderful scent in the evenings. Unfortunately these didn't flower last year, but so far they're looking healthy and surviving the winter tucked up in pots against the house so fingers crossed for next year.




Bit disappointing


Did not thrive


North Wales


beautiful evening smell


a very lovely plant that can be difficult to grow. It needs full sun and well drained soil.

vanity fair





Planted in full sun where it flourished, but not a flower all summer- so disapointing





3.6 5


I bought this plant at the end of May. It smells amazing. Unfortunately it seems to be rotting off at the bottom. I have it planted in a mixture of sand and John Innes 3. I don't think I have overwatered but now have it in a conservatory. Any advice please to save this lovely plant? It is now down to one spray of foliage.


Hello, If it is rotting, then I suspect it is getting too much water, or the water is not draining freely enough from the bottom of the pot. I think the best course of action would be to move it back outside if possible and only water it when the compost has become quite dry.


I have had 3 of these plants all Sumner in a pot on a south facing patio in Somerset. Have been fed and watered along with other summer bedding. Not a single flower! They are in multipurpose compost and the foliage is really healthy. Is it worth over wintering them or should I buy new plants next spring?


I would take cutting whilst they are not in flower. Take some healthy shoots. Trim off the bottom leaves. Place in compost or wrap in moss and keep moist until rooted. Still keep the remaining plants. The plants can get leggy in their second year, to help stop this you can trim them or pinch the tips off to bush them out. Only trim into the green and not where the plant looks brown and Woody. I wouldn't feed them at all.


Hello, I'm sorry to hear you have not had any flowers this year. I would definitely try to overwinter them though, and then start feeding them in spring with a high potash fertiliser such as Tomorite.


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