A Vigorous Evergreen Groundcover with Blue Flowers
Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is covered in spring with brilliant periwinkle-blue flowers and it often re-blooms throughout the summer. For challenging or problem spots in your yard or garden, such as banks or shady areas, Periwinkle offers a fast-growing solution. Individual plants form a solid groundcover that helps stop erosion on steep slopes or fills in bare, shady spots where other plants won’t grow.
Durable and Colorful
1. Fast-growing. You won’t have to wait years for Periwinkle to form a continuous groundcover. If you space individual plants 12 inches apart, they’ll grow together within two years.
2. Blue flowers. As one of the most coveted flower colors, periwinkle-blue is produced in abundance on Periwinkle plants!
3. Deer-resistant. How frustrating to try and grow a groundcover, only to have hungry deer turn it into a patchy or bare spot. Deer leave Periwinkle alone, so you’ll enjoy a solid mat of leaves wherever you want an evergreen cover.
Choose the Planting Site Carefully
One of Periwinkle’s best qualities – its fast-growing habit – can sometimes overwhelm a landscape. Although it excels as a groundcover, its robust growth may invade nearby flower beds or turfgrass areas. Plant Periwinkle where it has room to grow without becoming invasive. Banks and slopes that need erosion control are good spots. An area where you want to replace turfgrass with an evergreen groundcover that doesn’t need mowing is another prime location for Periwinkle.
Very Little Care Needed
Periwinkle is a true low-maintenance plant that almost thrives on neglect.
• Sun. Periwinkle prospers in full sun, although it handles shady locations with ease.
• Soil. Not fussy about the type of soil, Periwinkle grows faster in rich soil but is tolerant of poor soil.
• Water. Water plants regularly after you plant them to help their root systems become established. In future years, natural rainfall is typically sufficient.
• Fertilizer. You only need to fertilize Periwinkle once in spring if your soil is poor. Soils with average or good fertility can easily sustain plants.
• Pruning. Occasional shearing or mowing may be desired to keep plants in check.