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- Spreading Phlox - Phlox Diffusa Hardy Planting Zones - 3-9 Sun or Shade - Full Sun Mature Height - 4-6" Mature Width - 24" Bloom Season - Summer (June to September) Gardener Status - Beginner
Many love planting phlox sublata or creeping phlox due to its natural care maintenance and beautiful pastel shaded growth coverage qualities. No extra knowledge or skills are necessary to grow these hardy perennials that grow almost in any condition. Soil should be moist, and the ground should also provide excellent drainage. Plant in full sun to partial shade areas in zones 3-9 for hardy results. In the springtime, add fertilizer to the soil for better growth and more blooms. The needle-like green leaves will get thicker and woody as time passes, and these wooded areas will eventually stop blooming. Gardeners can clip these wooded stem portions back carefully to encourage newer green growth able to bloom again.
The mature height of creeping phlox reaches about 4 to 6 inches, and its moderate growth spread is around 2 feet. These plants bloom in the spring with dainty flowers in a five-pointed star-shaped pattern. These gorgeous pastel blooms erupt into pink, white, purple or bluish purple delicate flowers that look sensational. Suitable for planting in gardens, window boxes or planters, creeping phlox seems especially enchanting cascading down over a glorious rock garden. To encourage better blooms, prune back these plants in fall, as they are dormant through the colder winter months.
Creeping phlox is typically used as a pretty and colorful ground cover. It needs little care, and looks attractive in rocky areas where other plants usually don't survive. Other than preferring moister soil, this plant doesn't require specific soils. In climates that have harsh cold winters, these plants need to be protected to ensure survival. When first planted, it is best to add some nutrients to the soil, then water until the plant takes hold. Avoid profoundly burying the stem at time of planting. Water more during long hot summers. For natural propagation, split plant evenly through the root, divide and replant one portion elsewhere.
The plant grows well in large rocky areas and provides lots of bright colors when they are in bloom. They grow in areas that provide moist and well-drained soils. These plants bloom during the spring and show their beautiful colors on into the summer months. The blooms can be blue, pink, white mauve and also a rose color.