Drummonds Pink Creeping Phlox
Phlox subulata. Nothing makes an impact in late spring the same way that Creeping Phlox can do. 'Drummond's Pink' is an improved variety with large flowers in a rich, rosy-pink colour. So useful in rock gardens, hard to reach sloped areas and of course at the front of any perennial border. Height 4-6". No.1 root.
Fall Planting: This product will ship September-October according to your hardiness zone.
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Fall Roots Upon Arrival:
It is very important to plant these dormant perennials as soon as possible after you receive them. If it is absolutely necessary to store them for a short time before planting them, open the cartons and any plastic that is around the roots. If the roots appear dry, soak them for a few hours in warm water. Thereafter store in slightly moist peat moss in a cold, but not freezing location until you can plant. They can also be placed in pots of soil if planting will be delayed for more than 2 weeks. Use any packaged, peat-based potting soil and pots with drainage holes. Most Bulbs, Perennials and many other garden plants require 'well-drained' soil in order to thrive. Areas that often have 'sitting' water or constantly soggy soil can quickly cause roots to rot and deteriorate, especially over winter.
Select a location in full sun with a well amended soil that is evenly moist. Make sure there is good air circulation. Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible. The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods. Dig a hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the bare root. Set the plant such that the crown is at or just slightly below the ground level. Allow roots to fan out from the crown at around a 45 degree angle. Roots should spread out separately, like stretched fingers, from the crown, and not bunch up. It may be helpful to build a cone-shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the hole and spread the roots around it. It is important to set the roots such that the crown is roughly level with the ground. Cover the roots with soil and tamp down firmly to get rid of air pockets. Fill the soil to just below the crown, where the top growth and leaves will emerge. Make sure all the roots under the crown are in good contact with the soil. Water well to fully saturate the roots and soil. Wait until new growth starts to appear before applying a layer of mulch. Space the roots 1-2 feet apart.
Once established, creeping phlox is a drought-tolerant plant that requires supplemental water only during warm, dry weather. A yearly pruning with a weed trimmer or garden clippers keeps phlox looking neat and healthy year after year. Prune after the blooms fade in late spring.