Plant of the Month: Creeping Phlox

What’s that pink bloom covering the ground? It’s Creeping Phlox!

Phlox Subulata, more commonly known as Creeping Phlox is a perennial ground cover with prolific, early spring blooms in shades of purple, pink and white. Each plant can spread an average of 2’ and reach about 4”-6” tall. Most often seen in the landscape along sidewalks and garden borders, Phlox can also be used in containers, as erosion control for hillsides and naturalizing large areas. After the flowers fade in early summer, its bright green foliage remains.


Full Sun (at least 6 hours per day). While it can tolerate part sun, Phlox will not bloom as well.

Does best in moist, well-draining soil but is highly adaptive to many conditions once established. Prefers a soil pH of 5.5-7.5.

Established plants are quite drought tolerant, however Phlox grown in sandier/rockier soils may require more water during hot spells.

Fertilize in spring with Dynamite, a slow-release fertilizer that feeds for up to 9 months.