Spring is Springing! By the time Daffodils are starting to bloom, I am usually suffering with a horrible case of ‘cabin fever’, just itching to get out in the garden and get my hands dirty. By the time the tulips and creeping phlox are blooming, we are having some nice beautiful days but still have the threat of a late frost. This is when we start getting ready for our first Spring Sale. Tulip bulbs were planted during fall the year before and have been in the cold to frozen ground all winter. They require this cold time in order to give us beautiful blooms come spring. Very few other plants are blooming at this time – maybe Forsythia and Quince but not much else. You need some creeping phlox to brighten your spirits until spring really starts kicking in with color! Late frost, they tolerate fine
Creeping phlox (P. subulata)
Creeping mounds with bright little ½ – ¾ blossoms completely cover the plants in early spring. These are carefree and will quickly blanket even tough problem areas with dense evergreen foliage and thousands of bright, colorful blooms. They are ground hugging and grow only 6 – 9 inches tall and 12 inches wide. I like to plant them along walkways and in raised beds where they can cascade over the rocks borders of the flowerbed.
Plant them in full sun to partial sun in well-drained soil. They can be divided in the spring after blooming to make additional plants to bloom next spring. That is the beauty of perennials, buy them once, then divide and plant. Keep them watered during the summer and they will come back year after year, continuing to give you joy and beauty.
We will have pots of blooming creeping phlox ready to sell. Make sure you come by for yours to plant along your walkways or in your gardens. You will not regret i