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Vinca

Periwinkle

No, they're not all rampant! We offer some really good groundcovers for dry shade, many with variegated foliage and pretty flowers from winter throught spring and into summer.

Unfortuantely most people's experience of Vinca is limited to the invasive Vinca major so often planted in public open spaces in the middle decades of the 20th Century, and the overspill into private gardens from these plantings.  The reality is that most Vincas are much more suitable for gardens and even containers than Vinca major.

We grow several forms of the diminuitive Vinca minor (the botanical Latin names do help!) wich will make carpets of evergreen, often variegated, foliage to 15cm and a profusion of flowers mostly in late winter and spring.  Surface rooting it is easy to chop through and fork out any excess.  Vinca minor is an excellent groundcover for shady areas, even quite dry.

The other Vincas we grow are formd of the mid-sized Vinca difformis and the closely related species Vinca sardoa, which has been moved in and out of Vinca difformis more than once!  These are more clump forming plants, with bigger, winter, flowers that will spread by rooting in from runners.  The spreading of these types can be controlled by cutting back all the runners in winter, this prevents any rooting in.  Vinca difformis and it's forms are favourites here as they produce a lot of their flower in winter but will be found with some flower nearly all year round.

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Vinca difformis 'Ruby Baker'£3.50

This form of this little known species has white flowers with a rich plum-pink colour to most of the petals. More or less clump forming, evergreen and ideal for dry shade!


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Vinca difformis Greystone Form

Vinca difformis Greystone Form£4.00

Clump forming with large dark green leaves and large white windmill like flowers from midwinter into spring. Shade, 40cm. Trim the runners off before they root in!


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Vinca minor 'Aureomarginata'

Vinca minor 'Aureomarginata'£3.00

Golden yellow new foliage, gains green centres later, and royal blue flowers in late winter and spring. Evergreen groundcover for shade. 15cm.


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Vinca minor 'Azurea Flore Pleno'

Vinca minor 'Azurea Flore Pleno'£3.00

Lovely double powder blue flowers in early spring. More clump forming than most forms of this useful evergreen groundcover. 15cm.


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Vinca minor 'Illumination'

Vinca minor 'Illumination'£3.00

A recent introduction with striking yellow variegated foliage and royal blue flowers from January onwards. Low groundcover or good in a container. 20cm.


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Vinca minor 'La Grave'

Vinca minor 'La Grave'£4.50

Outstanding large royal blue flowers over deep green leaves on this low growing evergreen groundcover. Ordinary soil in shade. 20cm.


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Vinca minor 'Marie'£3.00

A recent selection with small leaves and lots of big windmill-like royal blue flowers in spring. Low evergeen groundcover to 15cm. Ordinary soil in sun or shade. PBR.


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Vinca minor 'Multiplex'£3.00

The lovely double purple form, dark green foliage.


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Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugart'

Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugart'£3.00

A recent introduction with silver variegated foliage and brilliant blue flowers in late winter and spring. Well behaved! Low growing to about 15cm. Average soil in shade or part shade.


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Vinca minor 'Schweden'£3.00

New to us, this small form has rounded flowers of a lavender blue. Low evergreen groundcover to 10cm. Average soil in shade or part shade.


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Vinca minor 'White Power'£3.00

Brilliant, larger, white flowers on this new form with broad, paler green leaves. Evergreen groundcover for sun or shade. 15cm.


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Vinca minor f. alba 'Gertrude Jekyll'£3.00

A particularly low growing form with mats of deep green leaves studded with masses of milky-white flowers in late winter and spring. Ideal groundcover under shrubs and roses. 10cm.


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