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Friday, November 19, 2010

FF--Phlox subulata aka Creeping Phlox

It's time to flaunt your flowers over at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ .. I had several gardener's inquire about my Phlox subulata, here's what I know. (Gail at http://clayandlimestone.blogspot.com/ )

Creeping Phlox is a great natural edging around beds, borders, path edges, between stepping stones and rock garden ledges. It grows about 4 inches tall and has a 12 - 24 inch spread creating a nice ground cover that does not get out of control.
Profuse flowers appear for two or three weeks in early Spring. It is mostly sold by color, like "Creeping Pink Phlox" or "Creeping White Phlox", colors also include purple, blue and rose.
The above photos were taken in March of 2010. Why I do not have a photo of the Phlox in full bloom I haven't a clue. When these three were in full bloom you could not see the foliage at all.
You can see I have two on either side of the path here.
I planted this one in mid March of 2010, purchased in a 4 inch container.
Here it is today, 8 months later, with a spread of nearly a foot and a half. Need to move the Ragin' Cajun Ruellia to the right of it.
The foliage is fine cut, needlelike on wiry stems that hug the ground. Weeds have a harder time penetrating through the dense foliage of the Creeping Phlox. It is a semi-evergreen, the foliage keeps color through the fall and winter in zones 3-9.
It has no pest or disease problems and Deer do not like it. It likes full sun/part shade, (all of these are in full sun here in North Florida) in a well draining location.

It looks like it would be sharp to the touch like pine needles, but it's actually soft to the touch. The reviews on propagating Creeping Phox are mixed. My personal experience has been to scoop up a section with some roots and just transplant it. I have only purchased three plants and now have them in six areas, so it's worked okay for me. I plan on spreading it around some more.


Today I am Thankful to be able to share one of my latest garden crushes with you.....


Floridagirl said...

What a beautiful way to fill in between the stones! That is a beautiful phlox!

Gail said...

Thanks Darla for the information and for the link! I cannot believe I don't have this plant in my garden and it's pink, too! gail

Karen said...

Darla, great information on the phlox. I have something similar but the flowers are a pale lavender. Yours is so much prettier.

Ami said...

It would be a great spiller plant to use in my container, but seems it won't grow well in my zone 10 climate. Beautiful ground cover!

tina said...

A super good groundcover and most easy too. Looks good on your path!

George said...

Thanks for the information about Creeping Phlox. You've inspired me to see about using it in a couple of problems in our yard. It certainly is beautiful.

Dani said...

Phlox have such pretty flowers. Need to find a few for my yard.

Ruth Hiebert said...

It is nice to see a green garden at this time of year.In Manitoba the snow is blowing and it is cold.Brrr.

Window OnThe Prairie said...

Love creeping phlox, and wish I had a place for them.

Dorothy said...

I like this plant very much but the times I've tried to grow it, I've failed! My thumb is not very green like your, Darla! Maybe I'll try again now that I'm settles down in this spot.

Missy said...


Betsy Banks Adams said...

Pretty Phlox, Darla. We have some in our big rock bed. It has spread some --but only blooms here in the spring. You have a perfect setting for it...

imac said...

Its a pretty one, nice post too Darla.

daisy g said...

I have the perfect place in mind for this lovely treasure. Thanks for the information! Blessings be!

Suzy said...

I love to see spreading phlox in the spring.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Darla girl ! I am a fan of Creeping Phlox (I think I told you that already right? oops!)
I have a name and address change to my blog today .. finally bit the bullet type thing .. it is
http://canadiangardenjoy.blogspot.com/ so you can find me again girl !
Joy : )

sweetbay said...

I have always loved this plant. It needs to be at the foot at my mailbox. :)

Caroline said...

I will have to look for this -- it would go great near my rocky front path!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Darla I so wish I had you out here on the North forty to help me with my little yard. You are so gifted and I love this phlox.
It is really pretty.
Thanks honey for stopping by and saying hello
I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Darla,

I enjoyed your comparison photos of creeping phlox at different times. I remember loving creeping phlox as a teenager, before I started gardening. Over the years, I've had a few clumps of it off and on. They have died off some winters. I now have some that seem to like where they are, and do well. I need to divide them next spring, and maybe add a third color.

You asked me if I've taken seeds from gomphrena plants. I don't remember if I've tried or not, but if I did, I didn't get them planted. How's that for an answer? LOL When I collect seeds, I try to put them right on the ground in the fall, hoping they will come up in the spring. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. I need to do some research to find out what kinds of seeds are easy to grow from garden flowers, and what they need in order to germinate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Hi Darla Dear, Yes I agree with you about the Phlox. It's a great plant even when not in bloom. Makes me long for spring. Oh please hurry up, warm weather.

RURAL magazine said...

Phlox is one of my favorite, and I don't have it in my own garden. I must change that next spring.

There was always the same flat of 4 inch pots in the greenhouse, at work. And I would take them out just before they bloomed each spring. They became my babies, and I was so sad to leave them...

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

It's a beautiful plant, Darla! I used to have it in my previous garden. After your post I am asking myself why I don't have it now? Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

Hi Darla. It was so nice to have you drop by my blog and be able to meet you. You're comments really meant so much to me. Thank you for praying for Neil and I.

I haven't been to Tallahassee in so long and even then it was just a pass through. I would love to go visit that city. I'm in Jacksonville. I forget that you get quite the cold there for Florida and even a little snow. I loved looking around your blog the violet at the top is so pretty. I used to garden so much and never do anymore. My place looks a disaster. You're flowers are all so beautiful. And I had no idea that you could grow loofah's. I guess I was thinking they grew like sponges in the ocean. Duh!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'll be thankful for making a new friend today in you.
Hugs and blessings....Tracy :)

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