Great Design Plant: Periwinkle

Common periwinkle has become rather common indeed. The plant is extremely popular because of its capacity to rapidly cover the ground with tasteful glossy leaves yearlong. 1 plant can pay up to 8 feet.

While common periwinkle sits on the “exotic invasive” lineup, you will not have anything to be concerned about as long as you plant responsibly and keep an eye on it.

Yes, this plant is ridiculously popular, however I think of it this way: If this plant had been in high school, it would be the individual who was popular because she was nice to everybody.

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Botanical name: Vinca minor
Common title: Common periwinkle, creeping vinca
USDA zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
Water necessity: Consistent moisture after first planting; does not need much after it is created.
Light requirement:Can best in dappled shade but can grow in full sun or full colour also.
Mature dimension:1 to 2 inches tall; will spread to cover large regions.
Advantages and tolerances: Tolerant of shade, sun, wet soils and drought. This is a really low-maintenance plant; after it is created, all you need to be concerned about is keeping it out of invading other locations.
Seasonal curiosity:Has evergreen leaves; blooms from mid-spring to fall.
When to plant:Historical fall or spring.

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Distinguishing traits. What makes periwinkle popular is its ability to cover large areas with glossy green leaves. They have great variation from dark green to light, based on the way the sunlight is hitting them plus they seem especially good with other evergreens, ferns and hostas.

There are lots of varieties of Vinca small that will be different in height, leaf size and colour, and flower color and size.

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How to utilize periwinkle from the garden. Caution: Periwinkle can be invasive and spreads quickly; be liable and do not let it invade woodlands.

Now, to the fun stuff. Periwinkle is a beautiful ground cover, and its rapid spread is great when you have a large area you want to pay for. It’s very popular for base plantings and for providing a carpet of green instead to mulch or pine straw. It’s great to utilize underneath trees where grass will not grow.


Here, a rug of periwinkle borders a shady terrace.

Planting notes
Tilling the soil with peat moss will hasten the dispersing process.Space plants about 18″ apart.Soak the plants and soil.Add a mild cover of mulch.If you opted not to until using peat moss, fertilize.Water to get a month after planting. If you are weeding the region, be careful not to weed out new growth which will pop up between the original plants.Once that the plant is created, it will not require much maintenance. Just be certain it doesn’t propagate beyond where you want it to.

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