Different Types of Creeping Phlox (Ground Cover) – Our 9 Top Picks

Creeping Phlox Is a ground cover of note. It’s a plant that has been seen spreading as a perennial ground cover for rock gardens, slopes and even on stone walls. It flourishes, displaying a cluster of fragrant and colorful flowers creeping across the ground that works excellently.

The nine different Creeping Phlox described in this article are Amazing Grace, Violet Pinwheels, and Fort Hill. There are six Phlox Subulata – namely – “Snowflake”, “Candy Stripe”, “Emerald Cushion Blue”, “Emerald Pink”, “Purple Beauty’, and also “Scarlet Flame”.

Our Nine Chosen Different Types of Creeping Phlox:

1. Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox

This amazing creeping Phlox is a variety that blooms wonderfully in spring with a flush of white petals and a vibrant magenta eye.

Its petals have a flush of pink that complements the rosy highlights and makes a perfect ground cover to the dark green foliage that forms a graceful carpet-like mat and is so lush.

This is good for rock gardens and across the slopes. It prefers sandy soil and requires good drainage. It grows 2 – 6 inches and spreads 12 – 18 inches.

Its blooms attract butterflies, bees, and some other pollinators. This needle-like foliage is covered with beautiful white flowers in spring, and you also get a second flush in late summer. Amazing Creeping Phlox!

2. Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox

Violet Pinwheels have intensely vivid star-like petals that usually bloom from late March until May or early Spring. This variety is an evergreen perennial that produces masses of starry flowers in vivid violet.

The flowers are so abundant that they could cover for 4 – 6 weeks the dark green needle-like foliage.

This Creeping Phlox grows 4 – 5 inches tall and spreads 24 – 36 inches with medium moisture and well-drained soil. They are a low maintenance variety, and the flowers could also attract butterflies.

An excellent choice for rock gardens, slopes, pathways and border fronts. It creates a carpet-like mat that looks great on slopes and along pathways

3. Phlox Subulata “Snowflake” Creeping Phlox

Phlox Subulata “Snowflake” is one of the most colorful creeping phloxes and incredibly versatile. It is a vigorous, herbaceous perennial that adds splashes with beautiful flowers in Spring for about 3-4 weeks.

This variety is full of qualities and makes it desirable for landscape. They grow 4 – 6 inches tall but spread vigorously until 2 feet.

Each flower has five, flat, petal-like, rounded lobes in the shade of blue-purple, pink, red and white. They are perfect and excellent for rockeries in your garden, slopes, and flower borders.

This creeping Phlox also requires low care and a good drainage system. It prefers full sun, medium soil moisture and well drained soils.

4. Phlox Subulata “Candy Stripe” Creeping Phlox

Phlox Subulata “Candy Stripe” is a lovely evergreen perennial plant with flowers that bloom in mid spring in a candy pink color with a white border on the outside. These cover the evergreen needle-like foliage.

It grows 4 – 6 inches tall but spreads vigorously until 2 feet. Its vibrant beauty excels in an open sun-filled spot.

It grows well, thrives in sandy soil, and prefers full sun. This is excellent for rock gardens, slopes, and ground covers that hug the ground.

It is best suited to border fronts and looks lovely when leisurely draping itself over a rock wall.

5. Phlox Subulata “Emerald Cushion Blue” Creeping Phlox

Phlox Subulata “Emerald Cushion Blue” is popular amongst the evergreen perennial plants.

The flower blooms in the color of pale lavender but it offers the distinctive beauty of a slight blue tint that makes it stand out. The lush masses blanket the green glossy foliage for about 3 – 4 weeks.

They grow about 4 inches tall and can spread for a range of about 2 feet. They require full sun, and the purple-blue flowers attract butterflies to the garden. It has excellent disease resistance.

Perfect and a real winner in rocky areas, slopes, walkways and flower borders. This Phlox is easy to grow and makes lovely ground covers that could also be a unique grass substitute.

6. Phlox Subulata “Emerald Pink” Creeping Phlox

Phlox Subulata “Emerald Pink” is one of the popular evergreen perennial creeping phloxes.

This blooms in a dazzling color of hot-pink and can add perfect beauty to your garden through its amazing color. It is most attractive and brightens the garden with its gorgeous color during springtime.

During this period in the middle and late Spring the masses of starry hot-pink(or magenta) flowers spread their riot of color as a blanket across the dark green needle-like foliage.

These hot-pink flowers form into a beautiful flower carpet that liberally splashes bright color for about 3 – 4 weeks.

It grows 4-6 inches tall and spreads 12-18 inches. These plants are so easy to grow and best in full sun. They are excellent for rock gardens, slopes, edgings, and ground covers.

7. Phlox Subulata “Purple Beauty” Creeping Phlox

This Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox is one of the phloxes that blooms with masses of starry purple flowers. These flowers are beautifully adorned at their centers with deep violet eyes.

In the middle and late Spring these stunning flowers spread their pretty cloak across the dark green, needle-like foliage.

This plant makes a beautiful ground cover that grows 4-6 inches tall and vigorously spreads up to 12-18 inches wide.

Thriving best in sandy soils, it prefers full sun and enjoys medium moisture and well-drained soils.

It requires good drainage and again is an excellent choice for rock gardens, edgings, ground covers and border fronts.

8. Phlox Subulata “Scarlet Flame” Creeping Phlox

This evergreen perennial plant is a magnificent and eye-catching phlox with masses of vibrant scarlet red flowers. Beautifully blanketing the dark green needle-like foliage and forming a lovely cushion that will last for 3-4 weeks, this gorgeous ground cover stands out and beautifies the garden.

This makes a Spring splash of color with these beautiful flowers that grow about 4-6 inches tall and spread until 2 feet.

This plant enjoys full sun with medium moisture and well-drained soils. The flowers could attract butterflies and bees. It seems this ground cover was perfectly made for garden rocks, slopes, edgings, slopes and ground covers.

9. Fort Hill Creeping Phlox

This Phlox has stunning lightly scented pink star-shaped fragrant flowers that bloom from early to late Spring. It pairs well with the evergreen, needle-like foliage.

It’s a vision of an elegant carpet of fragrant color sweeping majestically across the floor of the garden.

It makes a great impact with its amazing colors that can be seen from a distance. It grows until 6 inches tall and beautifully spreads from 12-18 inches wide.

This vibrant Phlox is best for the garden rocks, slopes, and flower borders. Its scent brings a lovely aroma, and the flowers attract butterflies and bees.

Measurement and climate

It grows in mounds about 4-6 inches tall and spreads slowly for a maximum of 2 feet. The growth rate depends on some conditions that matter and to consider.

The cold weather conditions will limit the growth of the plant, which has a vast growing area.

However, creeping Phlox will grow well during warm months but becomes dormant during winters. It tolerates a wide range of climates and thrives in full sun.


Any loose or tricky soils will do good for a creeping phlox. This Phlox requires soil that is moist but well-drained. This creeping Phlox enjoys and grows best as it stays entirely under the sun.

For best results, use soil with organic matter to enrich the microbes that could bring nutrients to the earth.

Easy to Maintain

Generally, creeping Phlox is relatively simple and does not require much care and attention. They are also good along driveways or along the edges of pathways.

Though its flowers also seem to attract butterflies and other pollinators to a garden. Creeping Phlox is a plant that helps you lessen your gardening task because it does not require much time caring for them.

This Creeping Phlox is easy to bring into your garden because it fills out difficult plant areas. It blooms in the late Spring to Summer and produces long and spreading stems.

Considering all its qualities as an easy to care plant as well, creeping Phlox is great for your garden. The blooms produce a low-growing carpet of color that brings impact to your landscape.

Spoiled For Choice

There are so many colorful varieties to choose from, so it’s just a matter of finding the ones that suit your tastes and beautifies your garden as well.

An Accent Plant

It is also suitable as an attractive accent plant that drapes beautifully over the edges of containers. It is regarded as one of the most colorful of all ground covers.

Creeping Phlox is also called moss phlox, an easy to grow perennial plant because in early Spring, the elegant and beautiful flower carpet will completely cover the whole plant. The creeping stems are clothed in needle-like dark green leaves.

Final Thoughts

This Phlox grows vigorously, transforming your landscape with its pretty dark green foliage and brightly-colored blooms into a captivating, extremely attractive garden.

When the Phlox is not in season, and we don’t see those intoxicating flowers – what then?

This mat-forming dark green perennial plant that covers your garden, still looks pleasing and beautiful because it maintains a fresh green leaf that remains attractive.

Creeping Phlox, is a splendid addition to the garden. Its fragrant flowers tend to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. The blooms of the creeping Phlox are one of the sources that provide nectar.

Considering all its qualities as an easy-to-care plant, creeping Phlox is great for your garden. The blooms produce a low-growing carpet of color that brings impact to your landscape.

So, if you’re looking for the ideal ground cover – the Creeping Phlox is for you.
This plant blooms its heart out, grows vigorously and works hard at covering your ground and beautifying your garden – how can you fail?


Jenny Marie
Tribal Writer

Edited By
Patricia Godwin

Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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