Creeping Phlox

sbarnes16(8)April 7, 2009

Many folks in my neighborhood have planted Creeping Phlox in their flower beds this spring, and they look great. In an effort to keep up with the Jones, I went out and purchased 18 potted Creeping Phlox from a garden center. I want to plant them in a sunny area of my flower bed in the front of my home. I've never planted anything outside (in NC) before, so I'm a little nervous about it. Any advice would be appreciate.

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spazzycat_1

Good drainage is key, so the tilth of your soil is important. That's typically why you see them planted on slopes or on the top of rock walls.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 3:52PM
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sbarnes16(8)

I'm planting them on flat ground, directly behind 6 inch stone pavers. If they hang over the pavers a little, will that be enough drainage?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 4:05PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Each plant will get around 3' in diameter so keep that in mind. Also, after they bloom, shear them back. I think you would find it really helpful to read the Southern Living Garden Book. It will answer a lot of basic questions.
The library will have it.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 9:40PM
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sbarnes16(8)

I'll plant them 2 inches apart. Thanks for the tip on the book.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 3:50PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

2 feet perhaps?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 5:03PM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Why plant them two inches apart if each plant grows 3 feet in diameter??!?!?!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2009 at 1:51PM
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