The Q&A Archives: Flowering Ground Cover for Colorado

Question: I'm interested in planting creeping phlox but am unsure if this plant will grow here in Colorado. There is not much shade or rain and the soil is somewhat sandy. I would like a gound cover that flowers. Can you suggest something?

Answer: Phlox like some partial shade, though they can withstand full sun if they are in a moist, rich soil. Here are some other ground covers that might be a little more forgiving of your harsh conditions: evening primrose (Oenothera spp.), potentilla (choose a ground-hugging species, such as P. verna), wooly yarrow (Achillea tomentosa), ajuga spp. (some can be invasive), or sunrose (Helianthemum nummularium).

I hope this helps.

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