This long-lived, native trailing Phlox divaricata, with pale blue flowers, is one of the first bloomers in the woodland garden. Phlox divaricata is best if left to ramble among other woodland flowers like Columbine, Trillium, Dicentra, Helleborus, and just about anything else. Since it is best in the woodland garden, some shade is expected and recommended. Grow this native wildflower in Zones 3-9. Four-inch pots.
Phlox stolonifera "Pink"
I like this creeping Phlox stolonifera "Pink" ground cover best of all. This perennial plant is long lived and trouble free. Not only does the foliage make an attractive ground cover on its own, but the abundant, bright pink flowers that stand high above the foliage couldn't be prettier. I can't imagine not having it in my garden where I leave it free to roam in and out of rocks, flowers, and fences, sprawling over rock walls, and anything else it has a mind to do. Sun/part shade. Zones 3-9
Phlox stolonifera "Sherwood Purple"
Phlox stolonifera "Sherwood Purple" is a creeping phlox with larger, showier flowers than the native variety. The leaves cover the ground, trailing in and around rocks and other spring blooming flowers, while the violet blooms stand high above the foliage. Plant "Sherwood Purple" in Sun/part shade, Zones 3-8.