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Drummond’s Pink Creeping Phlox
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A little Spirit with bigtime drama! Drummond’s Pink Creeping Phlox dazzles in spring with masses of vivid flamingo-pink flowers. This low groundcover only stands a few inches tall, but it makes an impressive show with its vibrant blossoms, which appear so profusely they smother the foliage. Drummond’s Pink is no diva though, needing no special care to thrive in any of your sunny borders. It’s at home in rocky soil and can also be used to provide a pleasing accompaniment to stonework. Let it spill over the edge of a stone wall for a wonderful contrast of hard and soft textures.
There are many species of Phlox. These are usually five-petalled Spirits, and those petals are often brilliantly colored. In fact, that’s how Phlox got its name—“Phlox” is Greek for “flame.” Almost all Phlox species are American—including this one, the Creeping Phlox, also known as Moss Phlox. Creeping Phlox grows as a wildflower in sandy, hilly terrain from Michigan to New York and south to North Carolina. Flower color ranges from lavender-blue to pink to white. Drummond’s Pink Creeping Phlox was chosen for the bright, clear shade of its blooms and also their large size.
Butterfly pit stop! The first butterflies of the year emerge just as Drummond’s Pink Creeping Phlox is opening its blossoms. Plant this nectar-filled Spirit and give these winged wonders some valuable fuel.
How to Grow
Easy peasy. Plant your Drummond’s Pink Creeping Phlox in a spot where it can soak up the sunshine for at least six hours a day. The soil must drain well, as this plant cannot tolerate soggy conditions. Watering once a week is best, but Drummond’s Pink will tolerate considerable neglect once it is established. One thing you may want to do is shear the foliage halfway down after blooming has ended. This will force new leaves to appear, making the plant look nice the rest of the season. Foliage will be semi-evergreen in winter. Do no further pruning until late winter/early spring.
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