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North Hills Creeping Phlox

1-Quart
Item # 32298
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Phlox subulata 'North Hills'

Spreads up to 18 inches wide, hugging the ground.
Here's a bright new look for a native favorite! This Creeping Phlox sports masses of small white blooms, each starred with a deep violet-blue center. Very floriferous, cold-hardy through zone 2, and eager to spread, this is the ideal groundcover for the sunny border, rock garden, and difficult-to-plant slope or bank!

'North Hills' looks so dainty but acts so tough! Just 4 to 6 inches high, it spreads 12 to 18 inches wide within just a few seasons, its evergreen needle-like foliage a pleasing bright green. The flowers are held just above the leaves, completely obscuring them at the height of the late spring season. If you shear the plant back right after the blooms fade, it may even repeat for you!

A butterfly attractor and hummingbird magnet that stands out even from far away, 'North Hills' will carpet the garden floor in rich color. All it asks is full sunshine and excellent drainage; once established, it is quite tolerant of adversity, including drought, humidity, and poor soil. Even the deer leave it alone! So easy, so beautiful! Give it a try this season. Zones 2-9.

Genus Phlox
Species subulata
Variety 'North Hills'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 2 - 9
Bloom Season Late Spring
Habit Spreading
Plant Height 4 in - 6 in
Plant Width 12 in - 18 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Native, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Dark Blue, Dark Purple, Multi-Color, White
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Ground Cover, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Phlox subulata

Moss or Mountain Pink

Planting:

Set out plants 6 to 8 inches apart in full sun, preferably in a rather dry, well-drained soil of low fertility. While tolerant of a wide pH range, P. subulata prefers a neutral or slightly alkaline soil.


Maintenance:

Shear back after flowering – this is essential to prevent the central portion of the clump dying out in a few years and presenting a rather shabby appearance.


Zones:

Zones 3-9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.