Saturday, February 28, 2015

Must-Have Plants: Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

Must-have plants are among the best plants for appropriate garden situations. When you need great garden plants for ground cover, naturalizing, wildflower gardens, perennial borders, butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens, herb gardens, heritage gardens, cutting gardens, woodland gardens, shade gardens, bulb gardens, container gardens, bog gardens, water gardens, rain gardens or xeriscaping, look for the best among our must-have plants.

Name(s): Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink', Thrift, Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox.

Flower Color: Pink.

Bloom Time: Spring.

Foliage: Evergreen, sharply pointed, mossy appearance.

Height/Spread: 4 inches to 6 inches x 10 inches to 12 inches.

Climate Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun Exposure: Full sun.

Soil Condition: Well-drained to dry, average to poor, pH 5.5 to 7.5

Features: Drought tolerant, deer resistant, showy flowers, low maintenance.

Uses: Xeriscaping, massed planting, ground cover, erosion control, borders.

Comments:  Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' is also known as Thrift, Moss Phlox and Creeping Phlox. This popular evergreen ground cover forms a dense carpet. Foliage is sharply pointed and mossy in appearance. Pink blooms appear in abundance in spring. Mature height is 4 inches to 6 inches. Creeping Phlox is perfect for small or large areas, beautiful around patios, between pavers, and in perennial borders. Creeping Phlox is drought tolerant, and deer resistant.

It thrives in full sun in USDA climate zones 3 to 9, tolerating a wide variety of soil types with pH ranging from 5.5 to 7.5. Space from 10 inches to 18 inches apart.

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