Spreading Phlox-Phlox diffusa
Spreading Phlox are beautiful flowering plants, native to North America. Many species of flowers are contained within this genus. Therefore, planting zones range from 2-9. It is necessary to know the type of phlox before choosing soil and planting areas. Some love full sun; others require shade. They are a spreading plant that work well with other ground cover type plants.
Hanging pots and porch pots are suitable as well, so long as they have the proper drainage. They may be transplanted from pots to the ground. Most Phlox must be planted in the spring. If planting seeds, plant them 1/8th of an inch in the ground or in pots in late winter or early spring. The seeds should be 10 inches apart. After 5-10 days they will germinate. Seedlings must be planted after the threat of frost has passed. Each mature plant should be 1-2 feet apart. The specific species will determine the soil type and amount of water required. Many will bloom from spring to summer, with a few varieties blooming into September as well.
The blooms have five petals, and range in color from various shades of pink and purple to blue, red, and white. Because of their fragrance, they are often used in bouquets. Some of the tallest varieties grow as tall as 4 feet, as in the case of the purple, pink, red, or white Smooth Phlox. The smaller Moss Phlox reaches no higher than 6 inches and is purple, pink or red. The purple Creeping Phlox require shade and grows up to a foot high. Each species has a different spreading width. They make attractive ornaments for walkway or path edges, as well as near rock walls. Spreading Phlox are a diverse and beautiful plant that adds charm and variety to any garden space.