- 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
Creeping Phlox - Phlox Stolonifera
Imagine a spring floral carpet in sweet pastel blooms, and there you have the classic Creeping Phlox. The perennial ground cover might appear delicate and vulnerable, but it's a terrible evergreen plant that is easy to maintain and stays attractive throughout the winter months.
The word "phlox" is derived from Greek, meaning "a flame," and this delicate garden beauty burns brightly with intense hues.
The versatility of the Creeping Phlox is quite appealing because this moderately growing plant is effective at suppressing weeds. It will spread but is not invasive, and some selections are even mildew resistant. The perennial thrives in all the nooks and crannies of hard surfaces, like over rocky areas, in between steps, curbs, pavers, slopes, pathways and more.
A blanket of small, pretty five-pointed flowers shaped like stars makes a gorgeous and welcome, mounding accent around any property's landscaping. Pastels are most common, but the Creeping Phlox's other hues are just as alluring in saturated hues, purely white and candy stripes.
The Creeping Phlox is ideal for zones 3 to 9 and blooms in spring in colorful, dense clusters. These plants thrive in full sun and moist, well-drained soil enriched with organic additives like compost or animal manure. They will even exist successfully in moderate clay soils. As soon as the Creeping Phlox is established, then the hardy plant can handle drought-like conditions. Most popular varieties can reach four to six inches high with a two-foot spread.
According to the experts, Creeping Phlox from the nursery should be planted after the first frost in the spring. If planting in groups, then these plants should be spaced about a foot apart.
The Creeping Phlox gives off a fragrant scent to your property's landscape. These plants are very appealing to honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, showing off nature at its finest.