- Periwinkle (Creeping Myrtle)-Vinca minor Hardy Planting Zones- 4-8 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 3-6" (vines to 18" long) Mature Width- 6-18" Bloom Season – Late Spring (May-June) Gardener Status- Novice-Experienced
Periwinkle Plant – Vinca Minor
Periwinkle Plants, known as Creeping Myrtle makes an excellent plant for large areas in a garden. This plant will spread and be beautiful when in bloom. This plant will be gorgeous when in bloom and will have beautiful lavender flowers. This plant also has attractive green foliage and looks great when planted with other flowering plants. This plant does well in shaded areas and in areas that have moist, well-drained soils. This plant can be known as dwarf periwinkle and common periwinkle. It also makes a beautiful ground cover to cover those bare spots. This plant is more commonly known as periwinkle. It can be found growing wild along hills and steep banks where nothing else may be growing. This effect could add some much-needed color to the area with contrasting green foliage and blue-purple or lavender flowers. It is excellent for controlling erosion. Most commonly seen as garden ground cover, it is rightly named for the color of its blooms. Flowers show themselves from April to May. Despite its color namesake, it is available in a variety of colors and slightly varied plants. The variety and color of your choice should be based on the needs of the particular landscape. The creeping myrtle is very easy to grow, and the biggest concern that should arise is how to keep it under control. As long as the plant is in ideal conditions, it should require very little care once it is established. As with most gardens, weeds may need to be pulled until the creeping myrtle grows enough to shade out any potential regrowth of the weeds so that weeds shouldn’t be a concern anymore. Most plants don’t grow any taller than four inches making it an ideal ground cover option. Due to its invasive nature, it should not be planted near any plant or structure that you do not want potentially covered or strangled out. It can be used to climb on trellises or other artificial support systems. Once creeping myrtle is established, it is tough to remove and even more difficult to reign back in after it has been allowed to grow without control.
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