Review of Perennial Creeping Phlox
My Grandma was an avid gardener. She kept an immaculate, huge vegetable garden and some small fruits. She wasn’t very much into the landscape/ ornamental part. The ornamental part she did great (besides her handful of hybrid tea roses) were bulbs and phlox. The tulips, daffodils, alliums, and crocus flowering above the sea of flowering creeping phlox was so refreshing after the long winter. I always wanted to transplant her bulbs and phlox to my yard, but seeing them where she planted them brings a smile to my face every spring.
As we wait for spring to arrive, we watch the Creeping Phlox to signal its arrival. This is one of the first perennials to bloom and it puts on a wonderful show!
Types of Phlox
Phlox subulata is a low- growing, ground cover type phlox. It is best situated in a rock garden
on a slope, in the front of a border, along a pathway or over a ledge. Like most Phlox, it likes full sun. However, Creeping Phlox prefers a slightly alkaline, gravely, well drained soil. Cutting the plant in ½ after blooming will promote denser growth and a light re-bloom (sometimes). Typical size is 6” tall but can spread up to 24” wide- depending on variety. The plant is very durable.
Creeping Phlox, sometimes called Moss Phlox or Moss Pink, flower in April- May. During this time, the plants are covered in small, slightly fragrant flowers. It is available in a variety of colors ranging from blue to purple to pink to red to white. Spring bulbs make the perfect companion plant for creeping phlox; together they put on a spring show that is hard to beat. Another great use for it is in a woodland setting with Hosta and ferns. It doesn’t flower as heavily in the shade, but it still magnificent.
Characteristics of Phlox
Phlox subulata is native to dry, rocky, sandy places, open woodland areas and slopes from Michigan, Ontario and New York south to Tennessee and in the Appalachians to North Carolina.
Creeping Phlox is not nearly attractive when it’s out of flower unfortunately. After the flowers fade, you are left with a mound of ever-green like foliage. While it is not horrible, it lacks color. Annuals are a good fill in around the perennial after they are trimmed back.
Home Nursery currently grows four varieties of phlox. The ones available are white, blue, pink and Candy Stripe (a pink and white striped flower). Contact your sales representative for more information.