The Q&A Archives: Creeping Phlox and Ivy

Question: My front yard (which is a hill and partly sunny) is covered with Swedish Ivy that has proceeded to grow down the hill to the road. I am looking for something to plant along with the Ivy to give the yard some color and that is low maintenance. I was thinking of creeping phylox. Is it a good idea? If not, what would you suggest? Or is there anything that would work with the Ivy?

Answer: Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a good spring blooming evergreen plant for a low maintenance situation in a sunny to partly sunny area. If you area is shady you might try creeping myrtle (vinca minor), another spring bloomin gevergreen, instead. In either case, the ivy (Hedera helix) is so aggressive that you may have to trim it back periodically.

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