Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionThe fragrance from ‘Blue Moon’ woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) is dreamy, like its delicate blue-lavender flower petals! This native woodland phlox is a natural fit in a cottage or woodland garden with its whimsical flowers and tidy green foliage. Since this phlox is early to bloom, it provides rich nectar to newly awakened springtime pollinators. ‘Blue Moon’ thrives in part sun or shade and low moisture, making it an excellent ground cover plant for beginners. But the beauty is never-ending, with interest extending well into autumn with burgundy-red foliage when temperatures lower.DetailsBotanical name: Phlox divaricata Common name: 'Blue Moon' Woodland Phlox Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ Hours) to part sun (4-6 hours) Height x width: 8-12" tall x 10-12" wide Flower color: Blue Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Spring Bloom time: Early to late spring Features: Rain gardens, proven winners, cold tolerant, best sellers, best for beginners, native Uses: Alpine and rock, container gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, border plant, native gardens
How To GrowSoil: Well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Plants prefer soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH. Light: Phlox grow best in full sun (or partial shade in the South) Water: Low to Average. Spacing: 24" apart. Fertilizing: A general-purpose slow-acting granular fertilizer worked into the soil around the plants in the spring is sufficient for phlox for the season. Winterizing: No special care needed. Leave foliage standing in winter, and clean up spent foliage in spring. Maintenance & pruning: Cut back stems after flowering by 1/2. This will maintain dense growth and attractive habit for the summer months. This will also encourage some fall rebloom. Cut out any brown stems.
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All About: Caring For Creeping Phlox
Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), often called moss phlox, mountain phlox or moss pink, loves sun, tolerates drought, attracts butterflies, & even resists deer. This superstar ground cover is great for gardeners of any skill level; if you’re looking to add easy-care color & interest to your landscape, consider making creeping phlox your next garden addition.