Fort Hills Creeping Phlox

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You'll adore the tender flowers of one of the prettiest small, perennial flowering groundcovers. Fort Hills Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Fort Hill') brings a smile to all who see its electric violet hue. In spring, these flowering carpets are a sight for winter-weary eyes! The showy display of optimistic flowers brings so much joy! There is nothing so welcome as vibrant early spring-flowering plants.

Each 5-petaled bloom is tiny, but the impact they make is huge! A single plant may produce hundreds of flowers borne from clusters of buds. Next, look closer to the individual petals. The widened ends are deeply lobed into a triangular notch. These "fairy flowers" look like beautiful, light purple hearts! These bright blooms are held high above the foliage for even greater impact.

Encircling the center, deeper purple spots draw your eye and add dimension to each bloom. You'll never, ever grow tired of this sophisticated, sweet variety. The pollinators will arrive in droves, excited for the early spring nectar resource! Southern climates may even see early-arriving hummingbirds stopping for a visit on their migratory paths as they head north!

Once the flowers are done, this perennial Phlox still looks good! Fort Hills grows into a dense mat of needle-like, evergreen foliage. You'll love these hard-working, flowering plants as either groundcover or cascading plants. Robust, cold-hardy, and low-maintenance, this perennial comes back for you year after year throughout USDA hardiness zones 3-8!

Planting and Application:

Landscape professionals rely on the charm of low-growing flowering groundcovers as a finishing touch in their designs. Don't neglect the low ground and front garden areas! Include Creeping Phlox in sunny spots throughout your garden as a useful groundcover, to suppress weeds, and hold the soil for you.

Add these to the edge of your walkways, or high-visibility garden plantings. Plant them between stepping stones for a candy-colored feature walk in your sunny side yard. Create a continuous mat of brilliant color by planting them 12 inches apart, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. They'll grow together and touch.

Use a solid planting of Fort Hills for a bright, polished presentation. This elegant variety is one of the very best Creeping Phlox available on the market, and you'll be very pleased with the high quality of our plant materials. If you have a slope, you can add additional rows in a zigzagging, staggered pattern to cover a larger area. Space each row 12 inches apart, as well. Mulch and weed between the plants until they grow together and touch.

Of course, you can always choose to mix things up in a wonderfully colorful planting of several different varieties. It's hard to choose a single flower color from the wide array of these lively little plants. Feel free to "go wild" with space-saving springtime color! Call it a Phlox subulata collection!

Add Fort Hills to drab, challenging sun-soaked spots in your landscape, and dub the space your Rock Garden. These are hard-working, rugged and can handle tough conditions. Listed on Firewise lists for defensible space gardening, and Xeriscapers consider this a "go-to" flowering plant for spring flair and year-round green!

Another wonderful way to leverage these valuable plants is as a "Spiller" that cascades down from the top of rock walls and concrete block retaining walls. Add several around the edge of your outdoor containers for a soft, professional look that acts as both a spiller and filler! Plant up a container for spring color. These cold-hardy plants can be safely left outside in all but the coldest regions of the United States, even if you have a tiny lot, or you are renting!

  • Light Lavender-Pink Blooms Highlighted by Purple Centers
  • Amazingly Lobed Petals Look Like Tiny Hearts
  • Low-Growing Plant Covered in Tiny Flowers
  • Tidy, Evergreen/Perennial Foliage
  • Early Nectar Resource for Butterflies & Beneficial Pollinators
  • Shades Out Weeds, Stabilizes Soil, Container Spiller, En Masse & Accents!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Grow Fort Hills Creeping Phlox in full sun for best results. These perennials need at least six hours of sunlight for the brightest color. They'll also do best in well-drained soil and are quite adaptable to even poor-quality soils. Ensure they don't get planted too deeply.

The first year in your landscape, provide a regular schedule of supplemental water. Taking care will help get their roots established. Protect your investment by applying water in prolonged drought, as well. In the fall, give them a good drink before you winterize your sprinkler system. This will safeguard the evergreen foliage from strong winter winds in the coldest growing zones. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch around your plant, but take care it doesn't rest against the stems. Mulch supports healthy soil, and cuts down on surface evaporation.

In early spring, keep them trimmed up and tidy immediately after flowering. Don't be surprised to see sporadic flowering throughout the summer. If you lightly deadhead the first flush of flowers, you may encourage more flowers.

While no plant is truly deer resistant, they do not seem to prefer the taste of these plants. If you live in Deer Country, be sure to use Deer Repellent from the first day of planting, and continue by the instructions on the label to train deer to think your plant isn’t tasty!

  • Cold Hardy in Full Sun
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Well-Drained Soil
  • Easy-Care & Widely Adaptable Flowering Perennial Plants
  • Moderately Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste
  • Can Remain Evergreen in Mild Winters

Ethereal durability! Add Fort Hills Creeping Phlox to your landscape this season. You'll feel like a genius next spring. Order Fort Hills Creeping Phlox from Nature Hills Nursery!

Phlox Frequently Asked Questions

Does Creeping Phlox spread?

Most Garden Phlox do spread some but politely so - not getting into trouble and not jumping their borders. Should the clumps become too large you can easily divide them.

Should your deadhead Creeping Phlox?

Deadheading Carpet Phlox helps prevent some varieties from self-seeding and encourages a rebloom. Shear or prune immediately after flowering for a rebloom later on.

Where is the best place to plant Phlox?

Phlox needs full sun, and well-drained enriched soil with good air circulation for best results. Mulch their beds and fertilize them each spring.

What happens to Phlox in the winter?

Phlox are herbaceous perennials that will lose their leaves and stems after frost and die back to the ground. In spring, they regrow from their root systems anew! However, Creeping Phlox can remain semi to fully evergreen in mild winters and warm growing zones.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Fort Hills Creeping Phlox Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Phlox subulata 'Fort Hills'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 6 - 8 inches
Mature Spread 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Lavender-Pink
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes