Classic Ground Cover that’s Tough as Nails!
• No Other Plant Blooms so Profusely with so Little Care!
• Solves That Difficult Slope Where Nothing Grows
• Plant and Forget – It Is one of the Easiest Plants to Grow!
Plant a Carpet of Color!
Each year, this low-growing plant greets spring with a profusion of starry, lavender blue blooms that are so abundant, you can hardly see the foliage! The small, narrow leaves are rich emerald green (hence the ‘Emerald’ part of its name), and they are evergreen, staying attractive until covered with snow. In fact, one of its common names, Moss Phlox, comes from the thick, ground-hugging foliage, while the name of Creeping Phlox is derived from its low, spreading habit. Since this spreading plant stays low and dense, it makes an excellent ground cover, and is quite spectacular cascading over a wall, where you’ll enjoy the butterflies it attracts.
One of the Easiest plants You Can Grow!
Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, vigorous and disease resistant, Emerald Blue will grow in difficult places such as on a gravelly slope or by pavement, and in most any soil that is well-drained, whether it is acidic or alkaline. It does quite well in urban conditions, too, and will even take a bit of salt from road treatment for winter snows. It is even used to control soil erosion, and it is at the bottom of deer menus. What a useful little plant!
Plant in a sunny spot in ordinary to sandy garden soil, with the crown at or slightly above soil level after watering in. Be sure the location is well-drained, especially in the winter. If you have heavy clay, add compost or humus to the soil when you plant, as well as sand, and consider using a raised bed. A natural slope or bank is a good choice, especially if it is gravelly or even rocky. Young new plants will need to have an inch of water a week, but once established, they are pretty much self-sufficient.