Creeping phlox is a native wildflower of the Appalachians, forming a nice groundcover in areas with rich, slightly acidic soils. It can often be found growing with Rhododendron maximum, Clethra acuminata and Calycanthus floridus in its native haunts.
'Home Fires' is a stunning, bright pink selection of Creeping Phlox, and it is a very vigorous, disease-resistant selection. 'Home Fires' creeping phlox is almost as vigorous as 'Sherwood Purple', easily spreading 6-12 inches in a single year. The foliage forms a thick, neat mat about 2-3 inches tall, and the flowers are held above the foliage on 4" to 6" stems.
'Home Fires' creeping phlox is an excellent choice for light to dense shade, and it is very drought tolerant once it has become established. This phlox is an excellent choice for rich forests along streams, or in a garden with decent loam. Don't plant it in an area that is very dry all year round, as it struggles to establish.
Creeping phlox is particularly attractive planted with ferns and other spring wildflowers - It grows along with Tiarella cordifolia, Trillium luteum, Pachysandra procumbens, and Hepatica acutiloba in its preferred habitat.
Though native to the Appalachians, creeping phlox does well in gardens anywhere in the Eastern Deciduous Forest region. It tolerates extreme cold as well as heat and humidity, though mildew can be an issue in humid summer climates. Select resistant varieties to prevent this; 'Home Fires' and 'Sherwood Purple' are both good choices.
Creeping phlox needs to be kept moist for the first year, especially when it turns hot and dry. Plant 12 inches apart in prepared ground, and keep the planting free of weeds at first. Once established, Creeping Phlox usually will outcompete weeds, forming an attractive low mat.
Our Creeping Phlox quart SuperPlugs will establish quickly. Plant in Autumn for blooms the following Spring, or if planted in the Spring, the plants will usually put on vegetative growth for a year. For large areas, we recommend the more economical SureRoots 50-cell plug trays, though these do require a little more maintenance at first.
|Common Name:||'Home Fires' Creeping Phlox|
|Botanical Name:||Phlox stolonifera 'Home Fires'|