Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox

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Who could resist the super-saturated light purple hue of Chicagoland Grows® Violet Pinwheels Phlox (Phlox 'Violet Pinwheels')? This outstanding Moss Phlox, also known as Creeping Phlox, wakes up very early in spring...well before other cultivars.

The electric, candy-colored flowers feature notched, upturned petals that open a rich, radiant purple and then age to luminous lavender. These wonders are a sure-fire way to chase away those winter doldrums! Add a touch of perfume, and these are ideal spring blooms!

This semi-to-fully evergreen creeping Phlox shines for many weeks in early spring...lavishly covered with petite purple star-shaped flowers that are adored by all. Violet Pinwheels Phlox is space-saving and stays snug to the ground, nestling softly into its planting place! Growing just 4-6 inches tall, and spreading 2-3 feet wide, everyone will love this dizzying layer of color in your landscape!

Planting and Application:

These low-growing lovelies are perfect for garden and pathway edging! Use as facer plants to hide the bare, leggier stems of larger trees and shrubs! The brilliant skirting of fine-textured flowers and foliage adds a finishing touch to your garden design!

Underplant your purple Rose bushes for a full season of blooms. Their charming, dark green needle-like foliage will provide a beautiful contrast for your Roses. Couple with other evergreen groundcover shrubs for a wildly easy-care planting you'll adore for decades. Jazz up your foundation plantings with an incredibly vibrant "carpet of color".

These spreading Phlox are perfect as en masse blankets that cover the ground like living mulch, or on hillsides for covering hard-to-mow slopes and erosion control. Remove sod and space them two feet apart on center; measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Add a collection of rugged boulders and gravel for a compelling Rock Garden. Plant Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox near the base of your boulders on the side that stays sunny. If needed, add extra soil to create a planting pocket for these small, spreading plants to flourish in.

Specialty gardens like Alpine, Zen, or Butterfly can make tremendous use of these pretty, petite plants. Beneficial pollinators will be very grateful for their early blooms...use Violet Pinwheels Phlox in Victory Gardens to lure them to your fruit and veggie plants, too! Even container gardeners adore Creeping Phlox as spillers and fillers in patio and porch mixed planters!

  • Violet/Light Purple Pinwheels
  • Lightly Scented For Pollinators
  • Low-Growing Spreading Uniform Mounds
  • Fine-Textured Needle-Like Foliage
  • Outdoor Containers, Garden Edging & Borders & En Masse Groundcover
  • Listed on Firewise Lists for Defensible Space Gardening

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Select a planting site in full sun with well-drained, enriched soil. For best results, supply these hardy perennials with supplemental water on a regular basis and a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch. Cold-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 8, you’ll enjoy year-round greenery in the mild winters of zones 7 and 8. Phlox are unfussy about soil type and pH! This choice is great for low-maintenance landscapes and new gardeners. Carpet Phlox even displays some tolerance to salt, as well!

Deadhead Creeping Phlox immediately after the flowers fade and you may just enjoy a rebloom later in the growing season! Divide your clumps every few years and enjoy increased vigor - and free plants to extend your Phlox enjoyment in your landscape!

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Well-Drained Soil
  • Can Remain Evergreen in Mild Winters
  • Prune/Shear After Flowering
  • Resistant, Adaptable & Easy to Grow!

This showy modern selection from Chicagoland Grows® is a natural cross between western and eastern Creeping Phlox. High performance, rugged nature and exquisite bloom make this one a real winner! Order your own Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox from Nature Hills today!

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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70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Phlox x 'Violet Pinwheels'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 4 - 6 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Violet/Light Purple
Fall Color Yellow, Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes