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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.

Unfortunately 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 formed 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 major var. oxyloba

Vinca major var. oxyloba£4.00

Invasive ground cover with deep green foliage and lots of amazing, propellor like star shaped deep royal blue flowers from winter to summer. 60cm. Most soils and positions!


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Vinca minor 'Flower Power'

Vinca minor 'Flower Power'£4.00

A very floriferous selection with large flowers of royal blue from midwinter into spring. 20cm. Most soils except very wet in sun or shade.


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Vinca minor 'Marie'

Vinca minor 'Marie'£4.00

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.


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Vinca minor 'Mrs Betty James'

Vinca minor 'Mrs Betty James'£4.00

A new double blue flowered cultivar named by Bob Brown in 2017. Have yet to figure out how it differs from 'Azurea Flore Pleno'! Evergreen groundcover to 15cm tall. Average soil in shade.


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Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugart'

Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugart'£4.00

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'

Vinca minor 'Schweden'£4.00

This small form has relatively large rounded flowers of a rich lavender blue. Low evergreen groundcover to 10cm. Average soil in shade or part shade.


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Vinca minor 'White Power'

Vinca minor 'White Power'£4.00

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


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