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- Creeping Phlox Phlox stolonifera Hardy Planting Zones - 3-9 Sun or Shade - Full Sun Mature Height - 4-6" Mature Width - 16-24" Bloom Season - Mid to late spring Gardener Status - Beginner
Gardeners looking for a soft floral groundcover will delight in the lovely pastels of Creeping Phlox. Hardy in zones 2-9, this perennial evergreen beauty is appreciated by landscapers for its ability to fill tough spaces, year after year, while being nearly care-free.
Plants feature needle-like green foliage with small star-shaped flowers in a variety of shades including white, pink and lavender. With a height of only two to four inches, but a spread of 1-2 feet, Creeping Phlox can quickly fill in areas that do not lend themselves well to plants requiring high maintenance.
Once established, these plants will produce thick mats of mildly fragrant blooms from mid- to late spring year after year. Their woody vines stay firmly anchored in spots around rocks or garden walls and help make them resistant to damage from deer and other pests while the blooms are known to attract a variety of colorful butterflies.
Creeping Phlox thrives in the full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. It's drought-tolerant and grows in nearly any type of soil, making it a superb choice for areas where chalky or gravelly soil has proven unfriendly to other plants. Place them near rock features, garden walls, or near fences to add rustic, cottage-style beauty to any area. Take advantage of its salt-tolerant nature to dress up the areas near driveway entrances and beneath roadside mailboxes or lamp posts.
To keep Creeping Phlox looking its best, trim it after flowering each spring. This will help it retain a neat look along borders and walkways and will encourage the new growth needed for it to provide an even more sumptuous carpet of blooms the following year. A touch of fertilizer each spring and light watering if conditions are exceptionally hot or dry is all this groundcover needs to stay in peak condition.
Creeping Phlox is an excellent perennial for the beginning gardener. This is considered a ground cover and will do great when planted in any soil, but will do best when the soil is moist and has good drainage. The foliage on this plant has a needle-like an appearance, and the blooms are very tiny. They are beautiful when they appear in spring in colors of pink, white, purple or lavender. These blooms have five petals each. This plant, once established will require little to no maintenance. It is quite hardy and easy to grow. It looks beautiful planted in natural areas.