News from the preserves, parks and backyards of Princeton, NJ. The website aims to acquaint Princetonians with our shared natural heritage and the benefits of restoring native diversity and beauty to the many preserved lands in and around Princeton.
This is one way to ornament a dividing line between two upscale driveways. This creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) must have taken a few years of tlc to fill out. Though it doesn't look native, this and many other Phlox species show up as native on the USDA plant website.
Back when I was working to save remnant diabase prairies in the North Carolina piedmont, the highest quality sites (with plants adapted to poor soil and periodic fire) had a low-growing phlox (Phlox pilosa), reminiscent of the buffed up creeping phlox found in gardens.