Phlox subulata (a.k.a. Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox, Mountain Pink) is a native treasure which kicks off the perennial year with a profusion of colorful blooms in early spring - a welcome sight after a long winter.
Named the "utilitarian easterner", Phlox subulata stands high in the ranks of rock garden plants because of its ease of culture and its prodigal display of flowers. Its carpeting evergreen foliage soaks up full sun as well as bright shade and is useful as a ground cover on a sunny slope or bank. These low-growing phlox are also excellent as edging plants, in the rock garden, or tucked in a rock wall.
Growing 4" to 6" tall, these colorful phlox thrive in average, sandy or loamy, well-drained soil. There are many attractive selections and hybrids available including 'Emerald Blue' with its dense covering of lavender-blue blossoms, 'Candy Stripe' with unique white and pink striped flowers, and 'Scarlet Flame', the brightest red creeping phlox.
These early spring blooming perennials are wonderful planted with spring bulbs and other rock garden perennials. Andre plants these phlox among pastel tulips as well as candytuft (Iberis), big, multi-colored pansies, Scilla, Crocus, and snow drops.