How much creeping phlox do I need?


Sebastian Exton   |   Member since 2008  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Plant creeping phlox from container plants in spring or fall when temperatures are mild, spacing multiple plants 12 to 18 inches apart for quick coverage of empty spots in your garden. Turn or work the soil 6 to 8 inches deep using a garden fork, spade or tiller.

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Stephanie Eddison   |   Member since 2014  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Also know, how far apart do you plant creeping phlox?

Plant creeping phlox from container plants in spring or fall when temperatures are mild, spacing multiple plants 12 to 18 inches apart for quick coverage of empty spots in your garden. Turn or work the soil 6 to 8 inches deep using a garden fork, spade or tiller.

how do you maintain creeping phlox? How to Prune Creeping Phlox

  1. Shear back the flowering stems throughout the summer bloom period, or generally once a month.
  2. Trim back overgrown stems that reach above the main mat of the plant to maintain its ground-hugging growth habit.
  3. Prune the edges of the mat of creeping phlox in late winter, cutting it back to the desired width.

Jade Richardson   |   Member since 2006  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Subsequently, one may also ask, when should you plant creeping phlox?

Plant creeping phlox in spring.

  1. Purchase creeping phlox starter plants at a garden center or nursery.
  2. Prepare a planting spot in your garden where the plant will be exposed to full sun or partial shade.
  3. Spread 2 to 4 inches of organic material such as animal manure or compost over the top of the soil.

Chuck Kirby   |   Member since 2010  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What do you feed creeping phlox?

Caring for Creeping Phlox is very simple and easy. They are very low-maintenance plants. In The Garden: To encourage new growth and heavier flowering, Creeping Phlox plants growing in the ground will benefit from a feeding in late winter or early spring with a slow release flower fertilizer or organic plant food.


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Darlene Veale   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

Do creeping phlox spread?

Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a familiar spring-blooming creeping plant that is frequently seen in rock gardens, growing from crevices in stone walls, or planted as a flowering ground cover. The plants reach, at most, 6 inches in height and can spread out up to 2 feet to form a mat.


Matt Briggs   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

Should I Deadhead phlox?

A perennial, phlox produces spikes of brightly colored flowers that rise from the green foliage. Phlox can bloom for six weeks or longer when properly cared for. Deadheading removes the spent blossoms and prevents the phlox from setting seed, which helps prolong flowering while also keeping the plants attractive.


Payton Rivers   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

How fast does creeping phlox spread?

Like other ground covers, creeping phlox takes a few years to reach maturity -- about two years on average, according to the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension. This means it grows an average of about an inch per month.


Goldie Torres   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

Can you walk on creeping phlox?

After a long, dark winter, the early spring flowers of creeping phlox are a welcome treat. Creeping phlox requires full sun and well-drained soil. In our Test Garden®, we've had good luck growing creeping phlox on small slopes that drain quickly after rains. The plants are tough enough to walk on.


Kaylee Curtis   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

Should creeping phlox be cut back?

Creeping phlox remains evergreen so it never requires trimming in fall. In areas without heavy winter snows, cut back tall phlox varieties once the plants die back naturally in late fall or early winter. Prune the plants to within a few inches of the ground.


Carl Hooper   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

What to do with creeping phlox after it blooms?

Care of Creeping Phlox The stems can be cut back after flowering to promote a second bloom. Care of creeping phlox may also include cutting the plant back in late winter to allow for rejuvenation and to produce young, more compact stems.


Madison Pitt   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

How do you take care of a creeping phlox in the winter?

Water creeping phlox once every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the winter in the absence of precipitation in warmer areas. Soak the area thoroughly to evenly moisten the soil surface. In colder climates, water every four to six weeks during dry periods whenever the surface ground thaws enough to soak up water.


Aileen Bailey   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

Does creeping phlox flower all summer?

Come July, garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) is a staple of the garden. This long-blooming perennial flowers from mid-summer well into the fall, but it can be susceptible to powdery mildew, a fungal disease that can be disfiguring although it rarely causes serious damage.


Ada Graham   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

How tall does phlox grow?

2 to 4 feet


Margot Murray   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

What plants go well with phlox?

PERENNIAL GARDENS Garden phlox make great companions for other summer-blooming perennials such as lilies, bee balm, rudbeckia, Shasta daisies, yarrow, clematis and daylilies. In flowerbeds, the taller cultivars provide a good backdrop for shorter plants.


Javier Matthews   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

What is the fastest growing ground cover?

Which is the fastest-growing ground cover? Creeping Jenny is a fast grower, and thyme will gain about half its size by the next year, but really how fast any plant spreads depends upon how well it likes the conditions. They are not invasives.


Maddison Underhill   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

How do you keep phlox blooming all summer?

CareIf you receive less than 1 inch of rain a week, remember to regularly water your plants throughout the summer. Each spring, put a thin layer of compost and a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plants to help keep the soil moist and control weeds. Remember to remove the dead/faded flowers so that your plants can rebloom.


Kurt Morley   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

Is there a difference between phlox and creeping phlox?

Moss phlox, also known as creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a low-growing variety that is used in alpine rock gardens and to edge garden paths and flower beds. There are many different hybrids of phlox, both annual and perennial. Phlox stolonifera is another creeping phlox that loves shade.


Dasha Myatt   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

Should phlox be cut back in fall?

Healthy phlox plants can be cut back by half after the flowers fade from late summer to fall to prevent reseeding. Cut infected plants back to the ground for winter with pruning shears.


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