Flowering Ground Cover for Colorado - Knowledgebase Question

Sedalia, CO
Question by usc1030
February 4, 2000
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?


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Answer from NGA
February 4, 2000

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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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