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Phlox, Creeping

Phlox subulata

Phlox, Creeping Plant Features

Creeping phlox is an attractive, easy-to-grow North American-native groundcover that is completely covered in fragrant flowers when it blooms in the early spring. The flowers of creeping phlox appear in candy-colored shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. Creeping phlox, occasionally called moss phlox, grows about 8 inches tall and creates a delightful carpet of color that's perfect for the front of the border, slopes, or rock gardens. And when the plant is not in bloom, creeping phlox still looks good, sporting bright green, needle-like foliage that adds texture to your garden. Hardy from zones 3-9.

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Phlox, Creeping Growing Instructions

Creeping phlox grows best in full sun or part shade (though you'll get more flowers in the sun) and moist, well-drained soil. Once established, creeping phlox holds up well to drought and needs little care. Creeping phlox will sulk if planted in wet soil. To insure success, plant creeping phlox on a slight slope to facilitate drainage.

Creeping phlox is not intended for human or animal consumption.

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun
    Outside: Sun

  • Colors

    Blue, Pink, Red, White

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies
    Deer/rabbit resistant

Complement your Phlox, Creeping with these varieties:
Blue Fescue
Interplant clumps of blue fescue with creeping phlox to create an interesting interplay of color and texture.

Perfect partners in a rock garden or on a slope, candytuft and creeping phlox are a winning combination.

Lamb's Ear
The fuzzy silver-gray leaves of lamb's ears provide an interesting contrast to the bright green, needle like foliage of creeping phlox.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Phlox 'Paparazzi Angelina' Angelina Phlox

Phlox 'Paparazzi Angelina'

Angelina phlox is long-flowering hybrid that shows off clusters of lavender-pink flowers for weeks in spring and early summer. It grows 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Angelina is a fun upgrade from older creeping phlox varieties. Zones 6-9

Phlox 'Paparazzi Britney' Britney Creeping Phlox

Phlox 'Paparazzi Britney'

Part of the new generation of phlox, this hybrid has big pink flowers all spring on a mounding plant to 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 6-9

Phlox subulata 'Candystripe' Candystripe Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Candystripe'

Brighten slopes, rock gardens, and border edges with the ‘Candy Stripe’ creeping phlox. Growing just 6 inches tall, this quick-growing spreader forms a dense mat of white flowers etched with broad pink stripes.

Phlox subulata 'Crimson Beauty' Crimson Beauty Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Crimson Beauty'

Bursting into bloom in the early spring, ‘Crimson Beauty’ creeping phlox forms a carpet of beautiful crimson flowers. Like other creeping phlox, ‘Crimson Beauty’ grows 6 inches tall and makes an excellent ground cover in sunny locations.

Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' Drummond's Pink Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'

The dark, evergreen foliage of ‘Drummond’s Pink’ creeping phlox provides a stark contrast to the plant’s bright pink flowers. It grows 4 to 6 inches tall and is a great companion to spring-flowering bulbs.

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue' Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue'

Looking for an easy-care, colorful groundcover? Try ‘Emerald Blue’ creeping phlox: This fast-growing variety develops masses of deep blue blooms in the early spring. And, when not in bloom, the needle-like evergreen foliage provides a textural accent. It grows 6 inches tall.

Phlox subulata 'Fort Hill' Fort Hill Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Fort Hill'

Enjoy a carpet of spectacular, pinkish-rose flowers every spring with ‘Fort Hill’ creeping phlox. This vigorous performer grows 6 inches tall and will quickly scramble over bare spots in garden.

Phlox 'Paparazzi Jagger' Jagger Creeping Phlox

Phlox 'Paparazzi Jagger'

Part of the new generation of creeping phlox, Jagger starts blooming in spring and continues through the summer. It has rich purple flowers and a compact, mounding shape to 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 6-10

Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty'

The lightly fragrant, deep purple flowers of ‘Purple Beauty’ creeping phlox make this hardy ground cover a top pick for sunny borders. ‘Purple Beauty’ grows 4 to 6 inches tall.

Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' Red Wing Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Red Wing'

Edge a bed or walkway with ‘Red Wing’ creeping phlox where you can enjoy its crimson flowers with darker centers at close range. The plants grow 6 inches tall but will slowly spread 3 feet wide.

Phlox subulata 'Ronsdorfer Beauty' Ronsdorfer Beauty Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Ronsdorfer Beauty'

Grow a welcome mat of bloom with ‘Ronsdorfer Beauty’ creeping phlox. In spring, this compact plant is smothered in bright pink flowers with a red eye. The bright green needle-like leaves add interest and color when the plant is not in bloom.