When can I plant Creeping Phlox in Zone 1a

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 1a you can estimate when it's a good idea to plant creeping phlox by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Creeping Phlox

Frost tolerance for creeping phlox: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Creeping Phlox do well in cold which tells us that you can get them planted much earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant creeping phlox
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant creeping phlox
Probably not a good time to plant creeping phlox

The earliest that you can plant creeping phlox in Zone 1a is May. However, you really should wait until June if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant creeping phlox and expect a good harvest is probably July. If you wait any later than that and your creeping phlox may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your creeping phlox indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 1a the average date of last frost happens on June 15. It might get as low as -60°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 1a is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1a last frost occurs after June 15 be ready to cover your creeping phlox if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 1a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 1a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)June 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)July 15
Lowest Expected Low-60°F
Highest Expected Low-55°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -60°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -55°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 1a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 1a.