Hi there. I’m a recent transplant to Hudson and spent some time last Spring and Summer transforming the patch of weeds in front of my house (South-facing) into a perennial bed. I had some good luck with several plants and it turned out really well for a first-year effort.
The biggest problem I encountered was with the Phlox I planted. The leaves developed a terrible fungus and it slowed its growth terribly. When I first spotted it, I did some research and decided to use an organic fungus-cide that I picked up at Storey’s. That worked alright, but the fungus came back. Then, I tried an organic remedy I found on the internet: spraying with a milk solution. That worked less well. The poor plants were so overcome with the black fungus that they eventually whithered without flowering late in the Summer. I finally cut them down.
Now they are starting back with strong green growth and I’m pleased, but I wondered if you had any advice for treating Phlox fungus.