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Vinca

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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 difformis Greystone Form

Vinca difformis Greystone Form£3.50

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 'Illumination'

Vinca minor 'Illumination'£4.00

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 'Schweden'

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 'Silver Service'

Vinca minor 'Silver Service'£4.00

A rare selection with clumps of silvery variegated grey-green leaves on arching stems to 20cm high, 40cm wide. Double blue flowers in spring. Slow growing.


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Vinca minor 'Snowdrift'

Vinca minor 'Snowdrift'£4.00

Rare - cream variegated foliage and white flowers. Slow and desireable. 15cm.


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Vinca minor f. alba Beth Chatto Form

Vinca minor f. alba Beth Chatto Form£4.00

An unusual form of this white flowered evergreen groundcover with the new growth mostly yellow "fading" to the normal rich green as it matures. Low carpets for sun or shade, even quite dry. 15cm.


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