Phlox subulata Ruby Riot
Phlox subulata 'Ruby Riot' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Creeping or Ground Phlox

'Ruby Riot' is a beautiful groundcover that takes creeping phlox to a new level. It has bright reddish pink flowers with darker eyes at the center. 'Ruby Riot' is a member of the Spring Bling series from Proven Winners and features earlier bloom, larger flowers and better flower coverage.  It also forms more of a mounding habit the first two years in the ground.

  • Height: 10-20 cm (4-8 in)
  • Spread: 60-72 cm (24-28 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: Minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: mid to late spring
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Creeping phlox is a versatile, easy to grow groundcover for full sun. Gritty, neutral soils are prefered and good drainage is essential. It's a good idea to shear this plant back and clean up any dead foliage in early summer, just after it's finished blooming. This will produce denser foliage and will encourage it to rebloom. Divisions can be made every few years in summer.