Trailing or Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata)

Phlox subulata
Phlox subulata “Red Wings”

Zones: 2 to 9
Light: Sun to Part Shade
Bloom Time: Early spring
Height: 4″ to 6″
Spread: 8″ to 12″

Trailing phlox are very low-growing (4″ – 6″ tall), evergreen, easy to grow plants that spread out over the years.

If you are patient, 3 or 4 of these plants can eventually line a 6 foot sidewalk.

There is a limited color selection (purple, pink or white), but you can add some extra interest by combining them with spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips or irises which look beautiful growing up through the phlox.

They look great growing over garden edging or in a rock garden, and will be completely covered in blooms in the early spring.

This post was originally published on June 21, 2020 but was updated with new content on December 8, 2021.