A favorite shady perennial for spring in our garden is our woodland creeping phlox – Phlox divaricata. The variety in the picture here is “Home Fires”. This clump has been growing here for three seasons – this will be it’s fourth. It does spread, but isn’t invasive. I have taken the runners and started other areas or simply just pull the edges out to keep it contained. For approximately two weeks in the spring – it greets us each time we head out the door with its vibrant pink flowers.
After the flowers are done – it has a nice green mat of foliage which accents the nearby hostas, heucheras, tiarellas and junipers. As the picture demonstrates – it works great in rock gardens and boulder gardens. Part day sun or full shade – it’s definitely a winner in the shade garden!