Creeping Phlox s. ‘Emerald Blue’

The Phlox ‘Emerald Blue’ (Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’) is a captivating evergreen perennial known for its vibrant carpet of blue flowers and ease of care. This creeping phlox is a favorite for its ability to provide early spring color and its use as an effective ground cover in a variety of garden settings.

See below for some key features and information.


Description
  • Height and Spread: Grows to about 4 to 6 inches tall, with a spread of 18 to 24 inches, forming a dense mat that can effectively cover ground and suppress weeds.
  • Leaves: Features needle-like, evergreen leaves that provide year-round interest and a lush backdrop for the blooms.
  • Flowers: Boasts masses of star-shaped, vibrant blue flowers in early to mid-spring, creating a stunning display that attracts pollinators and brightens garden landscapes.
  • Growth Habit: This low-growing perennial spreads along the ground, rooting at the stems and forming a thick mat of foliage.
Habitat and Cultivation
  • Adaptability: Phlox ‘Emerald Blue’ is adaptable to a wide range of conditions but is particularly suited to rock gardens, borders, and slopes. It is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 9, making it a versatile choice for many gardeners.
  • Soil and Sunlight: Prefers well-drained soil and thrives in full sun, where it can produce the most abundant and vibrant blooms. It can tolerate light shade but may not flower as profusely.
  • Watering: Once established, ‘Emerald Blue’ is relatively drought-tolerant, requiring minimal additional watering except in extremely dry conditions.
Care and Maintenance
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed. Trimming the foliage back after flowering can encourage a denser growth habit and may promote a second flush of blooms in cooler climates.
Landscaping Use
  • Phlox ‘Emerald Blue’ is ideal for use in rock gardens, as a vibrant ground cover, or cascading over walls and containers. Its lush evergreen foliage and eye-catching spring blooms make it a versatile and attractive addition to the landscape.
  • It can also be planted along borders or pathways to create edges of color or used to fill in gaps between stepping stones, providing both beauty and function.

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