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Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants – Northern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 144

Northern Plains


‘Red Wings’ moss phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Red Wings’)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8

Size: Up to 6 inches tall and 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; fertile, well-drained soil

Moss phlox is a gift to both the novice and experienced gardener. It can be planted, fussed over slightly to get it established, and—unless a major environmental meltdown occurs—forgotten. Its dependable flower show will come back faithfully every spring. After the flowers fade, give it a shearing to generate fresh new growth for a possible rebloom, or simply allow the plant to go the course. The rosy, deep pink flowers of ‘Red Wings’ are so profuse that one wonders if there could be any foliage beneath. It will grow well in the typically high pH soils of the region, making it a striking border plant.


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