Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox

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Hot Blooming Carpet Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox

  • Star-Shaped Scarlet Blooms Feature Deeper Center
  • Such a Welcome Color After Long Winters
  • Low-Growing Plant With Enormous Flower Power
  • Nectar-Rich Spring Flowers Feed Honeybees
  • Support Critical Pollination
  • Evergreen Foliage
  • Cold Hardy
  • Shades Out Weeds
  • Moderately Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Easy-Care Plants
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste

One of the best and brightest perennial flowering groundcovers, Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Scarlet Flame') adds a vibrant spot of color to the garden. Your winter-hungry eyes will adore these hard-working plants.

Brilliant blooms of scarlet red completely cover these pretty plants in spring. The foliage remains evergreen all year-long!

You've no doubt seen the Easter Egg, pastel colors of common Creeping Phlox growing around your town. Well, this spicy variety has a unique, hot color that definitely takes things up a notch.

Get your growing season started off right with these intense scarlet red hues. Add them as a hard-working, flowering groundcover or cascading plant throughout your sunny landscape.

Robust, cold-hardy and low-maintenance, this perennial comes back for you year after year. Enjoy the showy, red flowers as they blanket the low ground in your landscape.

Even after the star-shaped blooms are past, these mat-forming garden plants will play an important role for you. The needle-like foliage suppresses weeds and softens the edges of your perennial plantings.

Pay attention to the smallest details to pull the entire design together. You'll find many ways to get the most from your investment in these Creeping Phlox.

Go ahead, leverage these plants to help you look like you paid a professional landscaper big bucks!

Order enough Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox to complete your project. These special plants will grow into an outstanding flowering carpet for you. However and wherever you use them in your space, they are sure to make you smile.

How to Use Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox in the Landscape

Use them as "Spillers" to tumble down the top of rock walls and concrete block retaining walls. This extravagant look elevates your hardscape into a beautiful garden feature.

Why not add these plants to the edge of your seasonal containers? Let them drape down over the side to softly polish up the look.

Don't be surprised to see sporadic flush of flowers through the season. Encourage this rebloom with a quick tidy-up after the first flush is finished for you.

Plant them en masse on slopes to control erosion. If you've seen mature Azaleas and Rhododendrons cover the side of a mountain in the southeastern United States, you'll know how effective a red blaze of color can be.

A mass planting of Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox gives you a similar look, on a much smaller scale. Even tiny yards can use this treatment.

Space them 12 inches apart, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Add additional rows in a zigzagging, staggered pattern to cover a larger area. Mulch and weed between the plants until they grow together and touch.

This idea acts as cost-effective advertising for commercial properties. Create an attention-grabbing planting bed at the entrance of your building. Trust us, people will notice these red-hot plants after a long winter.

Boost your residential curb appeal with this idea, too. Line your walkways, or add them at the edge of your foundation plantings.

Kids also adore these tiny flower factories. Create a stepping stone path to their playhouse, then plant Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox between each paver.

Plant a pair on either side of the entrance to your Victory Garden. Bees flock to these early blooming nectar sources. Give them what they need, and they'll stay to help pollinate your fruiting and veggie plants, too.

Start a collection of all the fantastic shades of Creeping Phlox in a dry rock garden as your spring feature. They'll be a good candidate for xeriscape landscapes after the roots get a chance to establish into your soil during the first year.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox will survive partial shade, but flowers best in full sun growing conditions. Give them at least six hours of sunlight for the most flowers and brightest color.

This light-hearted plant won't give you any trouble if you provide well-drained soil. Please don't plant this one too deep. You want to see the soil it was growing in at the nursery by the time you are finished.

Be sure to give them a regular schedule of supplemental water during their first year. Help them get their roots established. Apply water in prolonged drought, as well.

We recommend you give them a nice, long drink before you winterize your sprinkler system in the coldest zones. Protect the evergreen foliage from strong winter winds.

Apply a three-inch layer of mulch around your plant, but make sure to pull it back from the stems. Mulch cuts down on surface evaporation and will improve your soil over time.

In early spring, trim them back to shape them. Lightly deadhead the first flush of flowers if you want to encourage more flowers.

While no plant is truly deer resistant, they do not prefer the taste of these plants. If you live in Deer Country, be sure to use Deer Repellent during planting, guided by the instructions on the label.

Order plenty of Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox for your space this season. You'll be thrilled!

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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.

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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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Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Phlox subulata 'Scarlet Flame'
Mature Height 4 - 6 inches
Mature Spread 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No