16 Different Types of Phlox Plants

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Phlox is a lovely plant that can be grown as an annual or a perennial. It is a member of the Polemoniaceae family, and it comes in more than 50 different varieties.

It also comes with a variety of colorful blooms that range from a pale blue to a deep red. Most phlox can be placed into two categories, which are creeping phlox and garden phlox, but there are other less common varieties as well. They’re mostly grown between hardiness zones three and nine, but this can change based on whether the plant is being grown as an annual or a perennial.

Overall, growing phlox is relatively simple and does not require much extra care and attention.

Phlox ‘Violet Pinwheels’ (Creeping Phlox)

Phlox-'Violet Pinwheels'-(Creeping-Phlox)

This is a variation that has very vivid, star-like petals that bloom from late March until May. They grow to be about four inches tall, and they prefer to grow in full sun and soil that is well-draining. They will attract butterflies to your garden.

Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox)


This woodland variety is a one-foot tall plant that spreads quickly. It grows in zones three to nine and can be seen blooming from April to May. It grows best in full to partial shade, and it will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ (Garden Phlox)


The Blue Paradise grows in zones four through eight, and it is a perennial plant that grows to be about three to four inches in height. It grows in full to partial sun, and it will do well in any soil as long as it is well-drained.

Phlox ‘Bright Eyes’ (Garden Phlox)


Seen growing in zones four to eight, this is a plant with soft pink blooms and darker centers. The fragrant flowers attract birds and butterflies to any garden, and they grow in full-sun conditions. Typically, this plant will bloom from July to September, and it prefers rich, organic soil.

Phlox ‘Candy Twist’ (Garden Phlox)


This is a colorful plant that has candy pink and white stripes. It can grow to be up to two feet in height, and it prefers to grow in full sun and soil that is well-draining because it needs a good amount of air circulation to thrive.

Phlox ‘David’ (Garden Phlox)


This is a perennial plant that has pure white blooms. It can be found growing in zones four to eight, and the fragrant flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your outdoor space. This is a plant that needs full sun to grow and to be regularly watered.

Phlox ‘Eva Cullum’ (Garden Phlox)


The bright pink blooms on this plant are breathtaking, and they will last for most of the summer. They’re great for attracting birds and butterflies to your home, and with full sun, the plant can grow to be over 24 inches tall.

Phlox ‘Franz Schubert’ (Garden Phlox)

This variety of phlox can grow to be three feet tall. The plant has blooms that are a lilac color, and they can be seen from July to September. They need full sun to thrive, and the flowers will attract pollinators to your garden.

Phlox ‘Peppermint Twist’ (Garden Phlox)


On average, a Peppermint Twist will grow to be about 18 inches in height. These plants have blooms that resemble a peppermint candy, which means they are red and white. They do best in full sun, but will also grow in light shade.

Phlox ‘Nicky’ (Garden Phlox)


This variety creates dark magenta blooms in the late part of summer that are quite exquisite. They grow in large clusters, and the plant typically grows to be about 36 inches tall. It needs full sun to grow, but a little shade will not hinder it.

Phlox paniculata Coral Flame


This is a dwarf plant that only grows to be about 15 inches in height. It has bright red coral blooms from mid to late summer, and it’s great for attracting pollinators to the space. It does well in full sun and well-drained soil.

Phlox paniculata Flame White Eye (Garden Phlox)


This is a variety of phlox that has blooms that grow in large, white clusters. The centers are pink in color, and the fragrance of the flower smells lovely. These plants will attract birds and butterflies to the garden space. In full sun, it can grow to be 18 inches tall.

Phlox subulata ‘Candy Stripe’ (Creeping Phlox)


Each petal of these blooms is pink with a white border along the outside. It will grow great in most conditions, but it prefers full sun and soil that is well-drained. This is an excellent option for edging or groundcover in your garden.

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Cushion Blue’ (Creeping Phlox)


I love the coloration of these pale lavender blooms. They have a slight blue tint to them that makes them stand out. These plants will only grow to be about four inches tall, but they can carpet and cover a width of up to two feet. They grow in full sun, and they attract butterflies to the garden.

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Pink’ (Creeping Phlox)


The bright pink flowers that bloom from these plants are perfect for adding color to your garden. They are drought and salt tolerant, so they will be easy to grow. They will do best in full sun and soil that has good drainage.

Phlox subulata ‘Purple Beauty’ (Creeping Phlox)


These flowers produce lightly colored purple blooms that have a darker center. It is a plant that will make an excellent ground cover because it will only grow to be six inches tall with a spread of 18 inches wide. They like well-drained soil and full-sun conditions.