Trimming Creeping Phlox - Knowledgebase Question

Minneapolis, MN
Question by mattjoy
April 1, 2000
We have a rock garden and the Creeping Phlox is thriving well--almost too well! Is it possible to trim or prune back the phlox in order to control it's spread?


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Answer from NGA
April 1, 2000

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Creeping phlox does just what its name implies! Established plantings of phlox can be dug, divided, and replanted. You can trim it back, but it will respond by growing even more stems wherever you cut! I'd dig the plants now and divide, making sure each division has a healthy clump of stems with roots attached. Then replant, or pot up the extras and give them to your gardening friends.

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