Pink phlox is one of the earliest spring-blooming plants available.
The multitude of pink blooms is a welcome sight after looking at a bleak winter landscape for the past few months. Use these growing tips for planting and growing your ground-covering pink phlox.
Pink phlox enjoys full sun and grows equally well when planted in the ground or when grown in containers. The plant is drought tolerant and can often be seen growing on sunny slopes that have reduced water retention. The plant will thrive in poor soil with minimal water as long as the sun shines on it for several hours each day.
There are two main cultivars of phlox – creeping phlox and tall phlox. Creeping pink phlox will create a six-inch tall, fragrant carpet of pink blooms in early spring and will spread indeterminately via side creeping stems. Tall phlox will bloom in late spring reach a mature size of 5-6 feet tall and 18 inches wide.
Phlox is a slow-growing perennial and will take several growing seasons to fill in a bare spot in the landscape. The plants are self0seeding, but the plants that grow from fallen seeds will not be the same color as the parent plant. To retain the same color, dig up plants and divide them 4-5 years, re-planting the healthiest portion of the plants.
Pink phlox is a very hardy plant and will thrive in USDA hardiness zones 2-9. The plant often shows up when snow is still on the ground and frost has no impact on the hardy plants.
Keep creeping pink phlox looking neat and compact by cutting the plant back by one-half after it has bloomed. Tall phlox will need to be thinned out every few years to prevent powdery mildew by increasing air circulation among the plants.