Creeping Phlox is a popular perennial that produces many small flowers on a dense mat of low growing, evergreen foliage. Available in reds, whites and pastel blues, pinks and lavenders, phlox provides a flexible color palette. Used creatively, phlox is a great way to add spring color to many areas of your landscape.
Growing Creeping Phlox
Variety: Phlox subulata
Zones: 4 to 8
Soil Type: Mostly sandy to light clay soils
Soil pH: 5.6 to 7.6
Sunlight: Full sun to moderate shade
Watering: Moderate until established
Landscape Uses For Creeping Phlox
When Blooms Are Done
Creeping phlox is best maintained when all of its blooms are spent-typically, this occurs in early summer. At this time, you can prune back the foliage of your plants to encourage denser growth during the summer months. This is also the best time to divide your phlox plants to create a bigger garden or share with friends.
One exception to this rule is dead patches. If you see dead areas after a hard winter, remove the old growth in the spring and amend the soil in the effected area with a mix of one part compost and one part garden soil. Your phlox plants will quickly expand into the open areas.
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