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Container Grown Phlox Plants – How To Grow Creeping Phlox In Pots

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Curious about growing creeping phlox in a container? This fast-growing plant will soon fill a container or hanging basket and have flowers cascading over the rim. For more about growing creeping phlox in pots, click the following article.

Managing Dried Out Phlox Plants: Why Is My Phlox Yellow And Dry

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Both creeping phlox and tall garden phlox are favorites in flower beds. Unfortunately, both types can be prone to diseases and pests that can discourage gardeners from growing the charming plants. In this article, we will discuss reasons for phlox yellowing and drying out.

Phlox Vs. Thrift Plants: Why Is Phlox Called Thrift And What Is Thrift

By Liz Baessler

Plant names can be the source of a lot of confusion. One such naming debacle is the one involving thrift. What is thrift, exactly? And why is phlox called thrift, but only sometimes? Learn more about the difference between thrift and phlox plants in this article.

Rotting Creeping Phlox Plants: Managing Black Rot On Creeping Phlox

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Black rot on creeping phlox is a major problem for greenhouse plants, but this destructive fungal disease can also afflict plants in the garden. Early identification and treatment are critical for managing the disease. This article can help with both.

Drummond’s Phlox Plants: Tips For Annual Phlox Care In Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Drummond's phlox plants also provide a heady scent combined with deeply scarlet blooms. Try growing Drummond's phlox in flower beds, containers or as part of a border. Their bright beauty and ease of care make them a winning specimen. Learn more here.

Taking Creeping Phlox Cuttings: How To Grow Creeping Phlox From Cuttings

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Creeping phlox cuttings root after a few months, readily providing new plants almost effortlessly. Timing is everything when taking creeping phlox cuttings. Learn how to take cuttings from creeping phlox and when to do it for maximum success here.


Phlox stolonifera is the taller version of creeping phlox, growing up to 1 foot tall, while moss phlox typically tops out at about 6 inches of height. Phlox stolonifera benefits from deadheading to permit air circulation and to reduce development of powdery mildew, one of the few phlox problems, according to North Carolina State University Extension. This phlox flowers from late spring to early summer. Start to cut back flowering stems once half the blooms are spent.

The leggy stems of Phlox subulata should be pruned in late spring after the blooms have faded. After flowering, remove dead stems from your creeping moss phlox, according to Mississippi State University Extension. Carefully prune any stems sticking out above the plant to even out the plant.

New growth makes up the top layer of creeping phlox. To get to the dying foliage, look beneath the green layer and prune away any dead stems. Pruning of both types of creeping phlox will encourage better bloom production, especially in the next year. Pruning will also help the plant to better spread.


How to Use Creeping Phlox in Garden Design

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A native of eastern North America, creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a garden mainstay for numerous home gardeners. Phlox produces profuse pink, lavender or white flowers in the spring and narrow, needle-like, evergreen foliage year-round. If you have a spot in your garden with either full sun or light shade, you can grow creeping phlox in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5a through 10a. Easy-to-grow and deer-resistant, creeping phlox works well both in areas of your garden that you wish to keep low-maintenance and in showy garden beds and borders that get all your attention.

Use creeping phlox as a ground cover in lightly shaded woodland gardens and for erosion control on slopes. Its low-maintenance and self-seeding habits provide benefits in these environments, and help the plant spread to 2 feet and thrive with little help.

Plant creeping phlox in a rock garden to jump-start the bed with 6- to 8-inch-tall mats of color. While other rock garden plants may be slow to take hold, creeping phlox is a fast-growing plant that provides year-round interest and drapes nicely over rocks and boulders.

Place creeping phlox in the front of garden borders for use as a tidy edging or as ground cover under larger shrubs such as rose bushes or hydrangeas.

Plan a springtime garden display either in a large pot or in the front-yard garden bed using creeping phlox, spring bulbs and columbine (Aquilegia hybrida).

Place creeping phlox in your front-yard beds as a border. Keep it trimmed or let it spill over onto pathways for a softer, natural effect.

Incorporate creeping phlox into the middle of a garden border by planting masses of it next to other plants. Good companion plants include perennial euphorbia (Euphorbia characias), which grows 4 feet tall. Its chartreuse flowers contrast well with all colors of phlox. Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus), whose taller flowers will branch over the phlox, are another good companion plant.

Designate a sunny section of your garden for butterflies and plant creeping phlox, carnations, columbine and annual bachelor's button (Centaurea cyanus).


How to Plant Phlox

Plant your phlox in well-drained soil. Check the label on your plant some phlox thrive in full sun while others prefer shade.

Till the soil 12 to 15 inches deep while adding 2 to 4 inches of compost. This will assist with moisture retention and drainage.

Dig a hole for the plant that is twice the diameter of the root ball and as deep as the container. Space the holes 1 to 2 feet apart.

Turn the container upside down and tap on the sides and bottom to remove the plant.

  • Plant your phlox in well-drained soil.
  • Dig a hole for the plant that is twice the diameter of the root ball and as deep as the container.

Place the plant in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is at the soil surface. Fill in around the roots with soil and gently pack it.

Sprinkle a starter fertilizer around the base of the plant and water thoroughly.

Apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer each month of the growing season. Water the plants immediately after application to assist with absorption.

Soak the plants deeply once a week if rainfall is less than 1 inch a week.

Cut old flower stems as the color fades this will promote new blooms. Cut the stems to 2 inches after fall's killing frost.

  • Place the plant in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is at the soil surface.
  • Sprinkle a starter fertilizer around the base of the plant and water thoroughly.

Divide tall varieties of garden phlox every two to three years in the spring to control disease associated with dense growth.

Have your garden soil tested to determine the correct fertilizer for best growth.

Phlox do not like to compete for sunlight with large shrubs and bushes.

Spread a thin layer of compost around each plant in the spring. Spread 2 inches of mulch on top of the compost to assist with moisture retention and weed control.


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