What To Plant with Creeping Phlox? (My 9 Top Picks)

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Creeping Phlox is a popular perennial flowering plant that can be joined by other plants to enhance the beauty of your garden and landscape.

Some plants that can be planted with Creeping Phlox include Grape Hyacinth, Triandrus Daffodils, Rock Cress, Basket-Of-Gold, Snow in Summer, Heartleaf Bergenia, Cushion Spurge, Summer Snowflake, Evergreen Candytuft, Lamb’s Ears, Botanical Tulip, and Star Of Bethlehem. 

9 Top Companion Plants for Creeping Phlox

Many evergreen perennial plants are perfect combinations to your Creeping Phlox, garden landscape. You can combine one or more of these with your Creeping Phlox to achieve the desired theme or vibe for your garden.

1. Grape Hyacinth – Muscari Armeniacum

Grape Hyacinth has the botanical name (Muscari Armeniacum), also known as Grape Hyacinth, Muscari, and Bluebells. It is a small perennial bulb native to Asia and Europe.

This plant is previously classified under the lily family but now it is a part of the asparagus family.

Grape Hyacinth, for obvious reasons, is named that way because it resembles grapes. It is not only because of the grape color it has but also its grape-like shape and fragrance.

It has tight clusters of flowers that form like grapes with green and long foliage.

The grape hyacinth can grow up to 12 inches tall and 3-8 inches wide. It has 20-40 tightly packed flowers on each of its stalks. The cobalt blue hyacinth is the most popular and most cultivated species of Muscari.

Sun exposure:         full, partial

Water needs:           average

Soil type:                  loam, sand, chalk, clay

Soil drainage:         well-drained

Maintenance:         low

2. Triandrus Daffodils – Narcissus Hawera

Narcissus Hawera, also known as angel tears, is a short bulb flowering plant native to Spain, Portugal, and France. It is often called Angel Tears because of its distinctive characteristic which is its drooping flower head.

This species has pale yellow flowers. It can grow up to 8 inches tall and it prefers damp habitats.

Its flower has an umbel inflorescence which means that the flower clusters arise and spread from a common center.

Each stem can have a maximum of six flowers and its foliage is green, narrow, and clumpy. Their flowers have a very strong fragrance.

Sun exposure:         full, partial

Water needs:           average

Soil type:                  loam, sand, chalk, clay

Soil drainage:          well-drained

Maintenance:          low

3. Botanical Tulip – Tulipa Clusiana

Tulipa Clusiana, also called Lady Jane, is a species of botanical tulips that is widely cultivated as ornamental plants. It is native to Asia, particularly in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan.

They are smaller compared to their hybrid relatives, growing no more than 12 inches. They are famous for their bi-color flower varieties and striped leaves.

Lady Jane’s flower has an inner white color while its outside is pink, bordered with white.

Unlike most plants mentioned in this list, botanical tulips do not only bloom during the spring season but can pretty much stay every day.

Sun exposure:         full, partial

Water needs:           average

Soil type:                  loam, sand, chalk, clay

Soil drainage:          well-drained

Maintenance:          low

4. Cushion Spurge – Euphorbia Polychroma

Euphorbia Polychroma or cushion spurge is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant that is dome or cushion-shaped. It is native to Asia and Europe.

Its flowers are flat golden-yellow that blooms during the spring. They appear in terminal clusters which are surrounded by one-inch bracts.

It can grow up to 18 inches tall and 45 centimeters wide. It also remains attractive even after spring or any other season.

Sun exposure:         full, partial

Water needs:           average

Soil type:                  loam, sand, chalk, clay

Soil drainage:          well-drained

Maintenance:         average

5. Basket-of-Gold – Aurinia Saxatilis

Aurinia Saxatilis, also known As Basket-Of-Gold and Golden Tuft Alyssum, is an evergreen, perennial ornamental plant native to central and southern Europe. As its name implies, the Basket-Of-Gold commonly has golden flowers.

Some of its colors range from various shades of yellow. Its foliage is gray or green. It can grow between 6-12 inches tall and can spread between 12-18 inches.

Sun exposure:         full

Water needs:          low

Soil type:                   loam, sand, chalk

Soil drainage:          well-drained

Maintenance:         low

6. Rock Cress – Aubrieta Deltoidea

Aubrieta Deltoidea, also known as Lilacbush, Purple Rock Cress, and Rainbow Rock Cress, is an herbaceous perennial flower in the mustard family that is native to south eastern Europe.

Its flowers are small and lavender or deep pink having five petals each. Its leaves are green and either spoon-shaped or oval.

It grows between 4-9 inches tall and spreads between 30-60 centimeters. It blooms in late spring and early summer.

Sun exposure:         full

Water needs:           low

Soil type:                  loam, sand, chalk

Soil drainage:          well-drained

Maintenance:          low

7. Heartleaf Bergenia – Bergenia Cordifolia

Bergenia Cordifolia is a species of evergreen herbaceous perennial plants under the saxifrage family.

It is native to the Altai Mountains of Mongolia and in some parts of Siberia. Heartleaf Bergenia prefers a cold climate and does not usually thrive in hot and humid countries.

Its flower is deep pink, and each flower has five petals. As its name suggests, its leaves are heart-shaped that is leathery, and shiny too. It grows between 12-16 inches tall.

The Heartleaf Bergenia’s asset is not its flowers but its large evergreen leaves.

Sun exposure:         full

Water needs:           average

Soil type:                  loam, sand, chalk, clay

Soil drainage:          well-drained

Maintenance:          low

8. Snow-in-Summer – Cerastium Tomentosum

Cerastium Tomentosum, an herbaceous perennial plant under the family Caryophyllaceae is native to the alpine regions of Europe. Its flowers are white and star-like. Its leaves and stem are silvery-grey.

It grows around 6-12 inches in height and spreads 6-18 inches. This mat-forming perennial plant is short-lived.

Sun exposure:         full

Water needs:           low

Soil type:                  loam, sand, chalk, clay

Soil drainage:          well-drained

Maintenance:          low

9.  Evergreen Candytuft – Iberis Sempervirens

Iberis Sempervirens, also known as Evergreen Candytuft or Perennial Candytuft, is an herbaceous perennial plant under the family Brassicaceae that is native to southern Europe.

Many species from the genus Iberis came from the Iberian Peninsula and “sempervirens” means forever green, hence the name of the plant species.

Its flowers are white with a little bit of yellow dots on each petal. Each cluster of flowers has four petals. Its leaves are dark green and leathery. It can grow up to 12 inches tall and spread up to 18 inches.

Sun exposure:         full, partial

Water needs:           average

Soil type:                   loam, sand, chalk, clay

Soil drainage:          moist but well-drained

Maintenance:         average

What Is Creeping Phlox?

Phlox Subulata

Commonly known as Creeping Phlox, are evergreen perennial plants that come in a wide range of colors between pink, red, white, blue, and lavender.

Creeping Phlox can grow up to six inches tall and can spread up to two feet wide. It has five-pointed petal-like flowers that are round and star-shaped; its foliage is needle-like evergreen to semi-evergreen.

Creeping Phlox is a ground cover plant that is native to the eastern and central United States and can bloom during the spring season.

When Creeping Phlox blooms, it spreads and blankets the entire terrain.

Why Is Creeping Phlox Popular Among Gardeners?

Gardeners and plant enthusiasts in general love Creeping Phlox. This is because of its desirable qualities. In addition to being fragrant and colorful, Creeping Phlox are also sturdy, low-maintenance, and deer resistant. They are also drought and salt tolerant.

It does not take much effort and resources to care for this plant. It can be easily grown in areas with full exposure to sunlight, humus well-drained soil, and medium moisture content.

Among many phlox species, the Creeping Phlox has the highest ability to adapt in extreme conditions such as hot, dry, and sandy environments.

On top of these, Creeping Phlox is beneficial in terms of preventing soil erosion and attracting pollinators like butterflies and bees.

In addition, gardeners love planting Creeping Phlox in unsightly areas as it beautifies the scenery of the place when it blooms.

Garden Style Ideas for Creeping Phlox and Companion Plants

There are a lot of different garden styles that are perfect for Creeping Phlox and its companion plots.

For these examples, we will focus on rock garden style and traditional garden style.

A Rock Garden

Is designed to highlight varieties of rocks. The stones and boulders are aesthetically arranged and piled together with small flowering plants.

The colorful Creeping Phlox and other evergreen perennial plants are perfect for this garden layout to give life to dry and unsightly rock formations.

A Traditional Garden

Is a structured and well-defined type of garden that features different flowers including perennial plants and spring bulbs.

It is commonly the design used for lawns and garden rooms for traditional buildings or houses.

Final Thoughts

Creeping Phlox can be planted with numerous plants, particularly with other evergreen perennial plants, and spring bulbs. Before planting these, make sure to be familiar with their environmental requirements and other basic information.

It is up to you with which plant you are going to pair or group your Creeping Phlox. Decide on what type of garden you would like to have first before selecting companion plants for your Creeping Phlox.

Most of the plants listed here are low maintenance so it should be easy for you to care for them.

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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