Sunday, April 5, 2015

Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'

Chris wanted more color in the backyard, his only comment about landscaping is always "more color, I'm so sick of greeeeen" - so I made an impulse Phlox purchase at Lowe's. I got the brightest of the 3 varieties they had, these are called Drummond's Pink Creeping Phlox [Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'].

I took out my ice plants that were 95% dead (I got them from the sale rack. I put them in late in the fall and they didn't fare so well in the winter).

Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'
Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'

I recognize phlox from my parent's garden when I was little. I'd take the little tiny flowers off and hold them up against my nose and suck in to hold them in place. Yeah. Well, anyway, I do remember them forming large mats in the flower bed, and I figured I'd try them out in my teenie tiny mulch bed under my Emerald Green arborvitae [Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'].

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'phlox and arborvitae

After I put them in I realized I probably should have gotten 4 of them. Oh well, I'll see how to do and maybe divide one before the end of the summer. Each plant should spread 20-30 inches or so and completely cover this tiny mulch bed. It will also help keep Katie from grabbing mulch to chew on - this is her favorite mulch bed to pick from.

Phlox at Lowe's
Phlox in a variety of colors
I've also seen phlox mixed in a variety of colors which makes a nice effect, maybe I could buy a 4th phlox in a different color to add some variety.

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