Moss Phlox –
Phlox subulata forms a low mound of dark green spindly leaves that is smothered with tiny blooms in late spring. Red Wings has five-point stars of crimson-red flowers, each with a dark eye. Cut back lightly as soon as blooming completes to encourage a dense formation. Phlox subulata is excellent in sunny areas such as rock gardens, edgings, or mixed containers. Every three to four years, in early fall, separate the clumps. Plant in well-drained soil in areas that require little watering once established.
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Creeping Phlox, Moss Flox
Perennial – Ground Cover
Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. As flowers fade, cut back old flower stems to encourage rebloom. Divide tall garden phlox every 2 to 3 years to promote vigor and minimize disease problems. After the first killing frost, cut stems on tall phlox back to an inch or two above soil line.
Candytuft – The sparkling white heads of perennial candytuft show off well against the vibrant pinks, reds, and lavenders of mountain pinks in sun.
Baby’s breath – In summer, baby’s breath has clouds of delicate white single of double blooms that present an airy picture against strong colored garden phlox in full sun.
Shasta daisy – Highland White Dream Shasta daisy has semi-double 4- to 5-inch white daisies on strong 3-foot stems and is a fine companion for garden phlox in sun.
Blazing star – In sun, the erect bright purple wands of blazing star make an interesting contrast with the rounded heads of summer phlox.