Creeping Phlox
Phlox subulata
Creeping Phlox is a spring blooming ground cover that looks like a carpet of color in the landscape. You’ll find them blooming around the time that Ajuga, Forget-Me-Nots and Grape Hyacinths are in flower. They are great for the front of a perennials border, a mixed border and perfect for rock gardens. They come in white and shades of pink and purple. They are drought tolerant, prefer full sun and attract butterflies. Later in the season the foliage can become slightly brown at the tips but this is easily hidden by interplanting then with annuals.

By the time the foliage looks a little less then desirable, spring planted annuals have filled in right over the top of it. I use trailing nasturtiums, dahlias, lobelia, ‘Crystal White’ Zinnia, Linaria and strawberry gomphrena in a rock garden to cover up the spent foliage of my spring bloomers. These consist of Grape Hyacinth, Ajuga, Bulb Iris, Crocus and Forget-Me-Nots. This way you can enjoy a bounty of spring color long before you can plant your annuals as well as annual color until the first frost. The perfect combination.

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