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What To Plant With Creeping Phlox: 24 Stunning Companions

What To Plant With Creeping Phlox: 24 Stunning Companions

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One can appreciate the beauty of Creeping Phlox as a ground cover, which serves as a lovely background for various other plant species.

Layering different varieties of plants is a great way to add depth, color, and texture to your landscaping.

See the list below for 24 stunning companion plants that go great with creeping phlox as well as their bloom time, the colors they bloom in, and their average size.

Plant these along with creeping phlox to make your landscape the envy of the neighborhood! 

1. Daffodil

A profusion of yellow daffodils in full bloom.

Narcissus spp. is a perennial bulb flower that comes in many colors and grows taller than creeping phlox.

Its bulbs are strong enough to outcompete the phlox and will penetrate through the dense layer with ease. 

  • Bloom time: Early spring through early summer
  • Colors: White, orange, yellow, pink
  • Average size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide 

2. Hyacinth

Tall blooms of pink and blue hyacinth plants.

Hyacinthus orientalis is a bulbous flower and common spring perennial that has a wonderful fragrance! They have a tidy appearance, growing with only a few leaves per flower stalk.

  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Colors: White, blue, purple, pink, red 
  • Average size: 6 to 12 inches tall and 3 to 6 inches wide 

3. Tulips

Red tulips in full bloom in a home garden.

The Tulipa genus is full of bulb flowers that come in a vast array of colors and patterns. This early spring flower blooms with frilled, ruffled, and lily-shaped petals that can be single or double per stem. 

  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Colors: Violet, purple, red, pink, orange, white, creme, yellow, and mixed color combinations 
  • Average size: 14 to 30 inches tall and 12 inches wide

4. Crocus

Pretty blue and white crocus flowers blooming.

Crocus spp. are small perennial flowers that are usually the first to sprout through the snow in the early spring. They may be too short to grow through creeping phlox, but they add a great layer to border it. 

  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Colors: White, yellow, orange, blue, purple, and color combinations 
  • Average size: 4 to 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide 

5. Bergenia

Light-pink flowers of Bergenia cordifolia.

Bergenia cordifolia is a slow-growing variety that will cover the ground over time but isn’t considered invasive. It has flat green leaves that give way to shoots of flower clumps.

  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Colors: Pink, white, red
  • Average size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide

6. Snow in Summer

A close look at the flowers of the Snow in Summer plant.

Cerastium tomentosum is a perennial ground cover that blooms heavily and does its name justice resembling a light layer of snowfall in the summer!  

  • Bloom time: Late spring into early summer
  • Colors: White
  • Average size: 2 to 6 inches tall and 9 to 12 inches wide

7. Daylily

Several yellow flowers of the Stella D'Oro daylily.

Hemerocallis spp. is an extremely resilient type of plant that requires little care, and it is pest and deer resistant. It also handles drought and temperature fluctuations well. 

  • Bloom time: Spring to late summer
  • Colors: Red, orange, purple, pink, and color combinations 
  • Average size: 6 inches to 5 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide 

8. Euphorbia

Red Euphobia flowers sitting atop tall stems.

Also commonly known as spurge, members of the Euphorbia genus vary drastically in their appearance, ranging from annuals to perennials and small herbaceous plants to woody shrubs. 

  • Bloom time: Spring and summer
  • Colors: Red, pink, yellow, white
  • Average size: 4 to 36 inches tall and wide

9. Rock Cress

A mass of purple rock cress flowers in full bloom.

Aubrieta deltoidea grows low on the ground. It is a great perennial for slopes, rock gardens, and anywhere it can hang over a wall or ledge. 

  • Bloom time: Spring and early summer
  • Colors: White, pink, purple, rose, lavender 
  • Average size: 4 to 9 inches tall and 1 to 2 feet wide

10. Bee Balm

The bright red, showy flowers of bee balm.

Monarda spp. flowers with bloom with frilled flowers that sit atop a tall stem. They are a North American wildflower that grows as an herbaceous perennial hardy in USDA Zones 3 through 9.  

  • Bloom time: Summer
  • Colors: Red, purple, pink, white, lavender
  • Average size: 10 to 48 inches tall and 10 to 36 inches wide

11. Lamb’s Ear

A healthy and full lamb's ear plant.

Stachys byzantia is an herbaceous perennial that resembles nothing other than a lambs ear! Its furry foliage is a light green with a silver hue.

It is a wonderful variety to plant for a change of texture and color.

  • Bloom time: Summer
  • Colors: Light green to silver foliage
  • Average size: 12-18 inches tall and up to 12 inches wide

12. Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem flowers blooming among other grasses.

Ornithogalum umbellatum is a perennial bulb-type plant with flowers that resemble a daylily but are much smaller.

It also grows similarly to daylilies, naturalizing in your garden with flowers, each lasting only one day. 

  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Colors: White, green
  • Average size: 6 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide 

13. Black-Eyed Susan

The flowers of the Black-Eyed Susan plant.

Rudbeckia hirta is easily recognizable for its black center surrounded by yellow petals. This North American wildflower will rise above the creeping phlox and reach full mature height after 2 to 3 years. 

  • Bloom time: Summer and fall
  • Colors: Yellow, orange, red
  • Average size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide

14. Coneflower

Several purple coneflowers in full bloom in a home garden.

Echinacea spp. is a perennial mostly found growing in its pink- or purple-petal form. Its flowers last for a long time, making them a great choice to add color once your phlox has stopped flowering. 

  • Bloom time: Summer, early fall
  • Colors: White, yellow, red, purple, pink, orange, green
  • Average size: 2 to 5 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide

15. Dianthus

White and magenta Dianthus or Sweet William flowers up close.

The Dianthus genus is full of varieties that can be perennial, annual, or biennial and bloom abundantly over a long period.

Blue-gray foliage that is thin or grass-like grows in small bushes and can run along the ground to fill in unsightly or bare patches. 

  • Bloom time: Spring, summer, fall
  • Colors: White, red, pink, light purple, mixed
  • Average size: 6 to 36 inches tall and 6 to 24 inches wide

16. Helianthemum

Yellow flowers of Helianthemum nummularium.

Helianthemum spp. is commonly known as the sun rose. It blooms heavily to cover its gray-green foliage with its flowers only lasting a single day. 

  • Bloom time: Late spring, early summer
  • Colors: Pastel yellows and pinks
  • Average size: 8 to 12 inches tall and 3 feet wide

17. Iris

Tall purple irises in full bloom.

Iris spp. bloom with large frilly flowers in a variety of colors. These bulb-type flowers are an elegant addition to your garden. Each flower stalk has multiple flowers, and most hybrids will bloom twice a year.

  • Bloom time: Late spring, early summer
  • Colors: Varying shades of purple, blue, red, white, pink, orange, and yellow 
  • Average size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide

18. Candytuft

White candytuft flowers viewed from above.

Iberis sempervirens is an herbaceous perennial that blooms with abundant flowers in clusters atop the stems. Unfortunately, the only drawback is the fragrance they produce, which is less than pleasant. 

  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Colors: White, pink, red, purple
  • Average size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide

19. Basket of Gold

Up-close look at Basket of Gold flowers in full bloom.

Aurinia saxtilis is grown as a perennial and blooms with abundant yellow flowers that resemble the sun’s strong yellow glow. This is also a great deer-resistant choice to plant in your garden. 

  • Bloom time: Spring, early summer
  • Colors: Yellow
  • Average size: 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide

20. Verbena

A colorful variety of verbena flowers in full bloom.

Members of the Verbena genus can be either annual or perennial depending on the variety. This is a great variety to attract pollinators to your garden, it is drought tolerant, and it is deer resistant.

  • Bloom time: Summer, fall
  • Colors: Pink, red, lavender, apricot, purple, blue, and white, with color combinations. 
  • Average size: 6 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 20 inches wide

21. Meadow Cranesbill

Light-blue Geranium pratense flowers up close.

Geranium pratense is a perennial flowering shrub with deeply lobed leaves that turn bronze in the fall. Its buds are unique teardrop shapes that sit atop long stems that stand above the foliage.

  • Bloom time: Late spring, summer
  • Colors: Violet, blue
  • Average size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 2.5 feet wide

22. Coreopsis

A mass of yellow coreopsis flowers in full bloom.

Coreopsis spp. is drought tolerant and blooms over a long period. It adds a light whimsical look with its flowers that seem to grow in every direction on long stems. 

  • Bloom time: Summer, fall
  • Colors: White, pink, orange, red, yellow
  • Average size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide

23. Chinodoxa

Pale-blue Chinodoxa flowers peeking through snow.

Known as the glory of the snow, Chinodoxa spp. is another early spring bloomer, often found sprouting through the snow. It has a small growing habit and will naturalize wherever you plant it. 

  • Bloom time: Early spring
  • Colors: White, purple, blue
  • Average size: 4 to 6 inches tall and 8 to 12 inches wide

24. Ornamental Grass

Three different varieties of ornamental grasses.

With their low maintenance, ornamental grasses are easy to care for and rarely require any care that is too time intensive.

They come in an array of heights and colors, so planting a few varieties can add layers of depth rising up out of your creeping phlox. 

  • Bloom time: Spring and early summer
  • Colors: Green, red, yellow, blue, gray
  • Average size: 6 inches to 15 feet tall


With so many great plants to add to your garden alongside creeping phlox, it can be difficult to choose which ones! Pick varieties that bloom at different times to bring colors to your landscape all season long.