Water a mosquito haven
Mosquitoes are out in force, and may spread diseases, including West Nile virus. Police your yard for standing water that can provide a breeding ground: Remove or turn vessels that hold water, including wheelbarrows, unused pots and trays beneath containers.
Flush out bird baths regularly. Clear clogged gutters, which can hold water.
More flock to phlox
Phlox paniculata David, right, has been named 2002 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Assn.
This summer phlox is one of the most mildew-resistant paniculata varieties. It produces
6-inch-wide clusters of pure-white, fragrant flowers on sturdy, 3-foot stems.
Plants flower into fall; plants reach 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide.