Basic Creeping Phlox questions

ptwonlineMay 13, 2014

Does creeping phlox aggressively crowd out other perennials or annuals or is it safe to have them nearby? Can the phlox be cut back/dug up easily to control it's spread?

What does creeping phlox look like when not in flower? It's beautiful in flower, but I haven't really seen it when it's just green. My garden beds look so bare and I want to fill it in a bit.

Thanks!

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michael1846(6)

You can trim it (not all the way back) I don't think it crowds too bad but it depends on what plants your worried about. And also it looks WAY different after flower don't worry it will fluff up the following spring and flower again.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 8:29PM
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BlueBirdPeony(5b NE Ohio)

It crowds like CRAZY. It grew up, inside and over the outside of a pine bush for me last year. It didn't kill it, but boy that felt aggressive for me. It's not terrible to cut back, but honestly a find a sharp shovel to be way easier. I just dig it. That way I get a nice clear edge line. I pretty much do this every spring or I fall behind and regret it. That being said, once a year with a shovel isn't too bad.
I like the look both green and flowering.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 11:50PM
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BlueBirdPeony(5b NE Ohio)

More green.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 11:52PM
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ptwonline

Ah, thanks for that! I guess I will confine it to areas near shrubs and keep it away from the perennials until I am more certain about it. Thank-you.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 2:22PM
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