If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.) Some varieties are evergreen. For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Really….that’s what you do….it works. (link available on April 15) where gardeners from all over the world publish photos of what’s blooming in their gardens. 1). fragrant flowers of native golden groundsel. If you are within visiting distance and would like to receive catalogues and information about customer events, please send your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. or to subscribe to my blog, just click here. Other more diminutive species grow in sunny rock gardens and shadier situations. This Perennial puts on a huge show in early spring, requires full sun and has great drought tolerance once established. And, most importantly, they have copious amounts of gorgeous flowers in purple, blue, pink, and white. Check these Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phlox, A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Candelabra Primroses, Fern and Bugle, A Spring Border Idea with Lilac, Columbine and Meadow Rue, A Glowing Summer Border Idea with Irises, Alliums, Catmint and Sage, A Glowing Perennial Planting Idea with Rudbeckias and Garden Phlox, A Fresh Border Idea with Monarda, Geranium and Phlox, A Superb Summer Border Idea with Coneflowers, Crocosmia, Hyssop & Phlox, Dahlias and Companion Plants - White Theme, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B. Blogs are a lot more fun for everyone, especially the writer, when readers leave comments. White violets, Viola striata: white flowers in April and May. Both are such similar plants that they are often confused. A great groundcover, will spread nicely without overpowering its neighbors. Smooth phlox is a taller clump-forming plant, although the clumps expand rapidly when it is happy. Hybrid hellebores have many different parents mainly native to eastern Europe. Phlox are herbaceous plants most commonly known for making billowing mounds of scented flowers in summer borders. Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, PA, U.S., zone 6b/7a. I have written before about how important native plants are to our survival. The best way to avoid this is to buy mildew resistant varieties but in bad years even these cultivars get mildew. I have written before about how important native plants are to our survival. The only smooth phlox I have ever seen for sale is ‘Morris Berd’ (photo above). This vigorous spreader is a great native substitute for vinca, pachysandra, and ivy. Get involved. ‘Morris Berd’ smooth phlox, Phlox glabberima. Like pachysandra it is too aggressive to be mixed with other plants, but unlike the pachysandra in our area it is not subject to alfalfa mosaic virus. It grows anywhere in full sun to a good bit of shade (but not full shade). Native to eastern and central United States, this little plant is full of qualities, making it highly desirable in the landscape. As the spreading, woodland plants profiled above establish themselves, you can add pockets of other special natives like trilliums, jack-in-the-pulpits, mayapples, bloodroot, and ferns. You can read more about these practices in these posts among others: Your Native Woodland: If You Build it They Will Come, how to create your own woodland filled with native plants, My Thanksgiving Oak Forest, the importance of native plants to our survival, Your Most Precious Garden Resource, step-by-step guide to mulching with ground leaves, Letting Go Part 1: The Lawn, the dangers of lawn chemicals to ourselves and the environment, Do You Know Where Your Mulch Comes From?, toxic substances in shredded hardwood mulch. A very unusual native plant called Robin’s plantain, Erigeron pulchellus ‘Lynnhave Carpet’, makes a tight ground cover of fuzzy gray leaves at the edge of my woods. The purple cultivars are the most vigorous, and I think the most beautiful. It spreads as fast and aggressively as any of the reigning three. My deer leave it alone. The only phlox that gets powdery mildew in my garden is garden phlox. Only plants will be removed from the collection. Your garden does not have to look perfect. Its velvety pink flowers with silver highlights are breathtaking. Perennial Plant Association 1990 Plant of the Year. Nature does not dot the landscape with precious collectibles but  “designs” with large sweeps of single types of plants, and that is what I have done in my woods  To create a woodland like mine, all you do is plant at least five but preferably seven and ideally nine of the plants profiled below in beds amended with generous amounts of compost, mulch heavily with ground leaves, and stand back and wait. But I want more: native plants, deer resistance, tolerance of dry shade, fragrance, abundant flowers, drought tolerance, and beautiful foliage. Now I am going to tell you how to create a shade garden in which mid-Atlantic native plants thrive and multiply with abandon. Phlox are very satisfying native plants to add to all areas of your garden. Unlike most other kinds of phlox, this one loves shade and is perfect for growing under large trees. A lot of breeding has been done with moss phlox to produce a plethora of beautiful flower colors. It is not fussy about soil conditions as long as there is good drainage. All the plants except smooth and garden phlox are pictured blooming in my garden right now so I am linking to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day (“GBBD”) hosted by. They grow, 'Royal' White redbud. All my plants came from one clump dug from my woods. Creeping phlox ‘Blue Ridge’, P. stolonifera, in my woodland. All Purpose Plant Food (2238) $ 16 83. Mat-forming, Phlox subulata grows only 4-6 in. Add to that, years of trash, including roofing slate and coal furnace shovelings, dumped in the woods before municipal collection came along and construction debris from the 1960s. It tolerates drought once established, making it perfect for those spots where other flowers have a tough time growing. Phlox subulata Creeping Phlox, Moss Pink 1. If you are interested in shopping here, send me an email with your full name, location, and cell number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) can survive winter lows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9.Moss phlox (Phlox subulata) and sand phlox (Phlox bifida), also creeping phlox species, can survive even colder winters.Moss phlox is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9, while sand phlox is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8. In spring, creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) blooms create cascading drifts of pink and white flowers that look like pools of soft color in the garden. I use white-flowered redbud, Cercis canadensis ‘Alba’, in my woods because I love blue, yellow, and white together. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here. Creeping phlox for sale $4.79 click here http://www.onlineplantnursery.com/creeping-phlox/. Plants tolerate acid or alkaline pH, drought, part sun and dry shade. The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas. Native sedge, Carex laxiculmus ‘Bunny Blue’, grows right at the base of trees and reproduces itself nicely, spreading its beautiful silver-blue hue around the woods. Each flower is adorned with five, flat, petal-like, rounded lobes that are distinctively notched. Any patches of exposed ground look barren and downright ugly. It really likes edges so plant it along your woodland path. Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica, are going by right now, but their true blue flowers have been a highlight for the last two months. What am I talking about? Cookies, This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google, Great Companion Plants for your Creeping Phlox, Iberis sempervirens (Evergreen Candytuft), Narcissus 'Ice Follies' (Large-Cupped Daffodil), A Pretty Rock Garden Idea with Colorful Alpine Plants, A Romantic Spring Border Idea with Tulips & Creeping Phlox, Want Garden Inspiration? All species that I am profiling are fragrant, some amazingly so, and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Next spring when you are looking for ground covers, I hope you will consider one of the fantastic four described above. 1 Response. Did I mention that they are native to Pennsylvania and all of eastern North America?!? A creeping perennial, Phlox divaricata grows only 9-12 in. Native ‘Tennessee White’ dwarf crested iris, Iris cristata, used to edge our raised beds. Celandine poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum: lovely filigreed leaves are covered with large bright yellow flowers in April and May. Nursery News:  Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade. I hope I have given you some good ideas for accomplishing this laudable goal. If you would like to see a video of our woodland in bloom, there is one on our Facebook page, I am dedicating this post to the volunteers and career emergency personnel at Narberth Ambulance and all the ambulance workers all over the country who are risking their lives daily to help people with COVID-19. Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 6b/7a. In all but the deepest, driest shade, woodland phlox will light up the understory with early spring blossoms and won’t compete too much in later summer as larger perennials take over. Deer do not bother it. Use plenty of compost and mulch with ground or whole leaves, and then stand back and watch them spread. Then, from March into May, it is covered with blue, pink, white, or purple flowers. Blossoms of Phlox Home Fires are large and fragrant providing welcome excitement to the shade garden or woodland setting. It is a pleasure to walk this path in the spring. You can accomplish this by replacing non-native ground covers like pachysandra, vinca, ivy, euonymus, and turf grass with native ground cover plants. A great plant for dry sites with thin soil because it has a shallow root system and likes to be well-drained. If you would like to see a video of our woodland in bloom, there is one on our Facebook page here, just scroll down past upcoming events to videos. Enjoy the flowers! Note: There is a Part 2 with more suggestions, click here. Our original planting of native ‘Nice ‘n White’ moss phlox is filling in to create a solid blanket while we continue to move down the hill adding new plants. Golden groundsel is a great native substitute for non-native groundcovers like pachysandra, ivy, or vinca. Creeping Phlox Diseases. My customers are always asking me what to do with the multitude of seedlings produced by their hybrid hellebores, and here is the answer: move them to a place where you need ground cover. Creeping phlox also comes in pink—the cultivar ‘Home Fires’. Creeping phlox is also a blooming perennial that thrives in USDA zones 3 – 9. You can also prevent mildew organically by spraying the leaves with a. before mildew strikes. In late spring, hundreds of fragrant, star-shaped, pink blooms burst forth in such masses they obscure the foliage. Note this is the default cart. For an inside look at what ambulance workers face right now, please read this excellent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here. Cercis canadensis 'Royal White', Your Native Woodland: If You Build It They Will Come, Part 2, Your Native Woodland: If You Build It They Will Come, Strike a Blow for the Environment in your own Yard, Your Native Woodland: If You Build it They Will Come, Your Native Woodland: If You Build It They Will Come, Flowering Wintergreen Ground Covers for Shade, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME, Ferns for American Gardens by John Mickel, Snowdrops by Matt Bishop, Aaron Davis, & John Grimshaw, The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hellebores by Graham Rice and Elizabeth Strangman. Native ‘Nice ‘n White’ moss phlox used to replace non-native vinca, which you can see behind it. Blue wood aster is covered with flowers in October and November. Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog. Our native golden groundsel, Senecio aureus, has to be my favorite all time ground cover. Our woodland garden, which is filled predominantly with native plants, is in full bloom right now. This flowering ground cover is low growing and blooms during spring. If you would like to get email notification of the 2021 catalogue, please send your full name, cell number (for back up contact use only), and your address if mail order to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Our woodland in April with Virginia bluebells, wild ginger, golden groundsel, and mayapples—all native. Cut it back after flowering to maintain an attractive habit. Our 2020 Snowdrop Catalogue, which is sold out, is on line here. If I had to pick one phlox that is my favorite, it would be creeping phlox (not to be confused with, Well you might have to plant a few first. May 25, 2016 - White Delight will quickly provide a snow-like carpet of white in your garden or bank. Considered as one of the most colorful of all ground... Use our interactive toolsto design your dream garden. My patch perfumes my whole garden. Great for erosion control on bare or freshly disturbed slopes. The only plants we ship are snowdrops to US customers. Do I trim back? Not only were the beds composed of the hard baked clay and rocks prevalent in our area, but they were filled with roots from 100-year-old London plane and—hold onto your hats—black walnut trees. Scroll down to the end of the page to the box where it says “Leave a Reply” and start typing—-it’s easy! Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog. This ravishing garden scene can be enjoyed in late spring... How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial... A simple but eye-catching mix realized with 3 favorite... A lovely plant combination for a long lasting display. Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a very active Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. Native ginger, Asarum canadense: the reddish purple flowers appear below the leaves. Unfortunately, with the snows we had, that is also the area where snow was piled. ‘Lynnhave Carpet’ spreads quickly to form a weed-choking groundcover. Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information. ‘Emerald Blue’ moss phlox, P. subulata, in my garden. For a refined and elegant, truly evergreen ground cover, I recommend dwarf sweetbox, Sarcococca hookeriana var. Perfectly suited to border fronts and stunning when slightly draping a rock wall. Noteworthy Characteristics. It is easily grown in humus-rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. The 2 to 3″ tall mat-forming leaves are completely covered by 8″ tall flowers in spring. Prefers acidic, rich, organic soils with continuous, even moisture. Dwarf Jacob’s ladder, Polemonium reptans, in the front with blue flowers, and wild ginger, Asarum canadense, right center under the native dogwood, have moved around on their own to fill large swaths of our woodland. They are also disease-free except garden phlox, which gets powdery mildew. Creeping phlox is a familiar spring-blooming creeping plant that is frequently seen in rock gardens, growing from crevices in stone walls, or planted as a ground cover to blanket areas of the ground. Here it is with blue wood aster right under my massive black walnut trees. To see the numbers, look at the counter on the right sidebar labeled Site Stats Since 11/3/10 (if the sidebar is not visible, click the snowdrop banner at the top). Specifications. Due to the spreading growth of phlox, it also has the common name moss phlox. Its heavenly scent perfumes the whole garden when it is in bloom from April to June. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas. Growing creeping phlox over a rockery or in tough soil conditions provides a nearly carefree ground cover or cascading plant. Creeping Phlox is a perfect choice for rock gardens or foundation plantings. It might be decaying of its roots, infecting leaves, causing yellowish color, mushy spots and holes or infecting its stem. Creeping Phlox is as it sounds, a ground-covering evergreen native with paddle-shaped leaves that form 1-2 inch mats in moist, acid soils. For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Jul 22, 2018 - White Delight creeping phlox - one of the few drought & shade tolerant plants to survive 'neath the maples by marcia on Indulgy.com Phlox Home Fires - Common name:Tufted Creeping Phlox - 1990 Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year. .Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia, thrives in high shade and well-drained soil. Long-lived and incredibly showy, Euphorbia polychroma is a mounding,... A fabulous little plant that you should not be overlooked! They bloom so profusely that they literally blanket the dark green, needle-like foliage. This is a western native camassia, C. leitchtlinii ‘Caerulea’. More and more of our customers are becoming interested in native plants, which we have been promoting since we opened our nursery in 1992. Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information. The needle-like leaves provide an attractive texture year round. *Profiled in my blog post My Thanksgiving Oak Forest. Phlox ‘Home Fires’ brings the delights of creeping phlox to the shade garden with masses of fragrant, bright-pink blooms covering lush, deep-green foliage each spring. I get questions all the time about powdery mildew on phlox. The fragrance of the flowers, second only to wild sweet William, the long bloom period, and the colors available make this a very desirable plant. I have done this under my Kousa dogwood and throughout my woodland, and the result is spectacular. Its growing conditions are similar to those of moss phlox, so humus-laden, medium moisture soils are best. It is not a plant to be mingled into your perennial beds: it is a plant for the bare patch—wet, dry, sunny, shady, infertile, clay—where nothing else grows. If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.) Mt. Internet # 312823388Model # HDQC-004. ‘Mocha’ coralbells, Heuchera villosa, on the right, western wild ginger, Asarum caudatum (native to the west coast), on the left, surrounded by creeping phlox, P. stolonifera. If you want to spoil them, give them organic matter, but no supplemental water is required after they are established even in the worst drought. I get questions all the time about powdery mildew on phlox. If you are on a budget, plant five, seven, or nine of one or two of the recommendations rather than a smaller quantity of each. More and more of our customers are becoming interested in native plants, which we have been promoting since we opened our nursery in 1992. This plant will multiply in optimum growing conditions. This phlox grows in part to full shade and forms a flat, weed-choking mat that stays green all winter. .Great white trillium, T. grandiflorum, has been seeding through out our patch of white violets, Viola striata. SKU: PhlShrwPur1 Category: Perennials Tags: Native, Part Shade, Shade. For catalogues and announcements of local events, please send your full name, location, and cell number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Native white violets, Viola striata, used in quantity as an edging along the front of a border. Prefers part shade and enjoys humusy, moist, well-drained soils. It has beautiful and plentiful fragrant flowers attractive to butterflies like all the native phlox here. The violets spread rapidly by seed, filling in empty areas and preventing weeds. Nursery Happenings: My Native Wildflower Weekend will take place Friday, April 6, from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday, April 7, from 10 am to 2 pm. Not as aggressive as golden groundsel, creeping phlox can be mingled in your perennial beds or used alone under shrubs and trees. (Phlox subulata) (Phlox subulata) Mar 27, 2020 - White Delight will quickly provide a snow-like carpet of white in your garden or bank. In three years, you will have 2′ wide plants covered with huge, beautiful flowers from February to May and pristine foliage that remains green all winter—for free! Blue creeping phlox, Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’: wintergreen mat of foliage is topped with blue flowers in April and May. All four of the shady ground covers described below have a majority of these desirable characteristics. My phlox bed is located just off our driveway apron. , I explained how to create your own native woodland garden. It grows through out my woodland in filtered light but also in my part sun meadow. The final plant that has the characteristics I want in shady wintergreen ground covers is hybrid hellebore, Helleborus x hybridus. To read about it, click here. Phlox plants are drought, salt, pollution, and erosion tolerant and deer resistant. Asked April 21, 2019, 9:50 PM EDT. You can accomplish this by replacing non-native ground covers like pachysandra, vinca, ivy, euonymus, and turf grass with native ground cover plants. Creeping Phlox thrives in full sun but tolerates dappled shade in the hot summer areas. Creeping phlox spring maintenance. I am dedicating this post to the volunteers and career emergency personnel at Narberth Ambulance and all the ambulance workers all over the country who are risking their lives daily to help people with COVID-19. My guide to creating a native woodland has been especially popular. Golden groundsel, Senecio aureus, is the best native plant for ground cover. Please stay home to save lives. For the most part, not looking too bad except for the tops of some areas are quite brown. All four of the shady ground covers described below have a majority of these desirable characteristics. However, most gardeners don’t have vast areas of woods to convert to native plants but still want to make a difference. Washington County Minnesota. All my plants came from one plant given to me by a friend. All the botanical names are in the original post. They are all good plants, and I don’t have a favorite, but I like ‘Emerald Blue’ (photo at beginning and above), pink ‘Fort Hill’, white with a red eye ‘Amazing Grace’ (photo above), and ‘Purple Beauty’ (photo below). Nursery Happenings: You can sign up to receive catalogues and emails about nursery events by sending your full name, location, and cell number (for back up contact use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Best grown in humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Now I am going to tell you how to create a shade garden in which mid-Atlantic native plants thrive and multiply with abandon. Masses of vibrant pink flowers on lush deep green narrow foliage.
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