North Hills Creeping Phlox

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Don't let its sweet look fool you! This petite plant is one of the roughest, toughest varieties of Creeping Phlox. Imagine that this plant is a freshly polished pedicure. It's the final pass with a fine-grit sandpaper. It's the beautiful plate garnish on a gourmet meal or the sparkling napkin ring on your dinner napkin.

It can grow in Siberia, and handle the humidity of the Deep South. In other words, North Hills Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'North Hills') is a perfect low-growing plant for beginning gardeners, and savvy old pros, as well. You'll and your pollinators will delight in their spring flower display.

North Hills offers serious flower power, as a single plant produces hundreds of flowers borne from terminal clusters of buds. Pristine, star-shaped blooms are held high above the foliage for even greater impact. Each is punctuated with dashes of purple around the center. The subtle variations of these cunning little "fairy flowers" look terrific at a distance, Up close, they are even sweeter, with slightly notched petals only adding to the ornamental value.

It will look great after the blooms are past, as well. You'll be pleased with its compact, dense mat of needle-like, evergreen foliage. Polish up your landscape with this low-maintenance offering.

Keep these perennial plants trimmed up and tidy. Don't be surprised to see a second flowering in the fall as a last "hoorah" for the growing season. This valuable perennial comes back for you year after year throughout USDA growing zones 2 to 9. North Hills is robust, cold-hardy, and low-maintenance. And you can see that it's drop-dead gorgeous in bloom!

Planting and Application:

Use these hard-working plants to cover the ground and suppress weeds for you. Either way, North Hills gives you a polished presentation at ground level! It's these detailed plants that make a garden design look "complete".

Let's face it. Details matter! Be liberal in your use of this charming, flowering groundcover. Low-growing plants help to "tie a bow" around your landscape design. Decorate your yard with North Hills Creeping Phlox. Add to the edge of all your containers as a common thread for a very professional look. Go ahead and be proud of your yard!

Add these lovely white blooms along the edge of your plantings, or to soften the look of stepping stone paths or concrete walkways. They will look magical in early spring. Create a continuous mat of brilliant color by planting them 8 inches apart. Mulch and weed between the plants until they grow together and touch.

Turn an eroding hillside, or a hard-to-mow slope into a garden feature by adding additional rows in a zigzagging, staggered pattern. Space each row 8 inches apart, for the best fill.

Wouldn't they look fantastic in a monochromatic Moon Garden that glows at twilight? A restrained hand with color choices creates a memorable, relaxing space. On the other hand, North Hills does have those jazzy purple marks. Play around with a mix of lavender and purple in a funky, curated collection to accent your Rock garden. Phlox plants are drought-tolerant, therefore suitable for Xeriscaping, and are recommended for Fire-Wise landscaping!

Include them in sunny spots throughout your garden. Grow it as a creeping groundcover, or allow it to spill over the edge of a wall or pot. They can handle tough sites with ease. Just water well to get their roots established in your soil in the first season. You'll also want to give them water during extended periods of drought.

Do you have any retaining walls or rock walls on your property? Add these valuable plants as a cascading "Spiller" at the top, if you can. Take this idea and add several at the edge of outdoor containers to complete the look.

  • Pure White Star-Shaped Blooms With Dark Purple Eyes
  • Notched Petals Look Ruffled!
  • Early Spring Bloom Time & Can Rebloom in Fall
  • Low-Growing, Mat-Forming, Evergreen to Semi-Evergreen Foliage
  • Nectar Resource for Butterflies & Beneficial Pollinators
  • Cottage Gardens, Edging, Filler & Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Full sun is best for North Hills Moss Phlox. They'll need at least six hours of sunlight for the most flowering. They do need well-drained soil, but no need to baby these perennials with amendments. These North American natives can tolerate poor soils without trouble. Please...don't plant them too deeply. Although waterwise, they will need a regular schedule of supplemental water over the course of their first season.

Protect your investment by applying water in prolonged drought, as well. In fall, give them water before you winterize your sprinkler system. Protect the semi-evergreen foliage from strong winter winds in growing Zones 5 and above. A generous 3-4-inch layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

In early spring, Deadhead them or shear them back for a light shaping. You can remove any winter damage you see, but there shouldn't be much. The goal of pruning is to tip prune to encourage a compact habit.

Deer and rabbits get hungry, and no plant is truly "deer resistant". However, they do not seem to prefer the taste of these plants. If you have heavy pressure, be sure to apply repellent during planting, guided by the instructions on the label.

  • Extremely Cold Hardy
  • Moderately Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Widely Adaptable Perennials in Well-Drained
  • Easy-Care - Deadhead After Bloom & Prune Early Spring
  • Deer & Rabbits Don't Prefer the Taste

Don't be without the special ornamental impact from North Hills Creeping Phlox. Order today, and your neighbors will think you paid a fortune for an esteemed garden designer! Either way, you'll want to get your hands on this special variety. Order North Hills Creeping Phlox from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

Creeping 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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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
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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North Hills Creeping Phlox Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-9
Growing Zones 2-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Phloxsubulata'North Hills'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 4 - 6 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White With Dark Purple Eyes
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No