Discover the Beauty of Louisiana Phlox: A Guide to Planting and Care in Southern Louisiana


Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Louisiana Phlox, exquisite flowering plants that can bring a burst of vibrant color and fragrance to your garden. In this guide, we will explore what Louisiana Phlox is and provide expert advice on the best places to plant them in southern Louisiana. As horticulturalists at Cane Row Nursery and Landscaping, we are passionate about helping you create stunning outdoor spaces with the perfect selection of plants.

What is Louisiana Phlox?

Louisiana Phlox, also known as Louisiana Creeping Phlox or Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii, is a perennial plant that is native to the southeastern United States, including southern Louisiana. It is a low-growing plant with delicate, star-shaped flowers that bloom in clusters. The flowers come in various shades of pink, lavender, and white, adding a touch of elegance to any garden.

Benefits of Louisiana Phlox

Aside from their captivating beauty, Louisiana Phlox offers several benefits for your garden:

  • Fragrance: The flowers of Louisiana Phlox release a sweet, pleasant fragrance that can uplift the senses and attract pollinators.
  • Ground Cover: With its spreading growth habit, Louisiana Phlox can serve as an excellent ground cover option, filling in gaps and adding texture to your landscape.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Louisiana Phlox requires minimal care and maintenance, making it a convenient choice for busy gardeners.

Planting Louisiana Phlox in Southern Louisiana

Ideal Growing Conditions

To ensure the optimal growth and health of Louisiana Phlox, consider the following factors when choosing a planting location:


Louisiana Phlox thrives in partial shade to full shade. It prefers locations that receive dappled sunlight or a few hours of direct morning sunlight. In southern Louisiana’s warm climate, providing some afternoon shade can help protect the plants from excessive heat and prevent wilting.


Louisiana Phlox prefers well-draining, moist soil that is rich in organic matter. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including loam, clay, and sandy soil. Amending the soil with compost or peat moss can improve its fertility and moisture-retention capabilities.


During the establishment period, Louisiana Phlox requires regular watering to promote root development. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot. Once the plant is established, it can withstand short periods of dryness, but it still benefits from occasional deep watering during prolonged dry spells.

Planting Tips

Follow these guidelines when planting Louisiana Phlox:

  • Choose a location with the right amount of sunlight and well-draining soil.
  • Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball of the plant.
  • Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with or slightly above the soil surface.
  • Backfill the hole with soil and gently firm it around the plant.
  • Water the plant thoroughly after planting to settle the soil and provide moisture.

Best Places to Plant Louisiana Phlox in Southern Louisiana

Louisiana Phlox can thrive in various areas of your garden. Consider planting them in the following locations:

Shaded Borders and Woodland Gardens

With their preference for partial to full shade, Louisiana Phlox is an excellent choice for creating a lush, colorful border in shaded areas of your garden. They can be planted alongside other shade-loving plants, such as ferns and hostas, to create a captivating woodland garden.

Under Tree Canopies

The dappled shade provided by the canopy of trees in your garden can create an ideal environment for Louisiana Phlox. Plant them around the base of trees to add a splash of color to the otherwise shaded areas.

Slopes and Rock Gardens

Louisiana Phlox’s spreading growth habit and ability to tolerate various soil types make it suitable for planting on slopes and in rock gardens. Their cascading foliage and vibrant flowers can add visual interest to these challenging areas.


Transform your garden into a colorful paradise with the enchanting Louisiana Phlox. Their vibrant flowers, delightful fragrance, and low-maintenance nature make them a perfect addition to southern Louisiana landscapes. At Cane Row Nursery and Landscaping, we offer a wide selection of Louisiana Phlox cultivars that can thrive in our local climate and soil conditions. Visit us today and let our horticultural experts guide you in creating a stunning outdoor space filled with the beauty of Louisiana Phlox.

Experience the Cane Row difference—where exceptional plants, impeccable service, and unmatched expertise come together. Unlock the true potential of your garden with Louisiana Phlox from Cane Row Nursery and Landscaping.

Contact us at 337-450-8854 to get started on your journey to a breathtaking garden filled with the splendor of Louisiana Phlox.

Cane Row Nursery and Landscaping

Transform your outdoor space into a breathtaking oasis with Cane Row Nursery and Landscaping! Discover an extensive selection of top-quality garden and landscaping plants, exquisite flowers, vibrant vegetables, majestic trees, and stunning shrubs—all under one roof.

Located at 1500 S. Bernard Rd, Broussard, LA 70518, Cane Row Garden Center is your go-to destination for all your gardening needs. Our nursery is meticulously stocked with an array of plants that thrive in our local climate and soil conditions. From captivating blooms to foliage that adds texture and interest, you’ll find the perfect plants to bring your vision to life.

But we don’t stop at plants! At Cane Row, we’re passionate about creating exceptional landscapes that leave a lasting impression. Our skilled team at the Cane Row Landscaping division is ready to design and install breathtaking landscapes for both residential and commercial clients throughout Acadiana. From concept to completion, we’ll work closely with you to bring your dreams to reality.

Ready to take the next step? Contact us at 337-450-8854 and let our experienced team guide you through the process. Whether you’re looking to revamp your backyard, create a stunning commercial landscape, or simply need expert advice, we’re here to make it happen.

Experience the Cane Row difference—where exceptional plants, impeccable service, and unmatched expertise come together. Visit Cane Row Nursery and Landscaping today and unlock the true potential of your outdoor space. Your dream garden awaits!