Vinca m Bowles - Jumbo Landscape Plugs Description
Vinca minor is a tough, rugged evergreen deer proof shade groundcover for hard to grow areas.
Also known as periwinkle or myrtle, Vinca is a popular hybrid that is known for its larger lavender flowers that bloom in spring, larger glossier foliage, and clump forming habit - so it is more sedate in spreading.
This shade loving deer proof perennial is drought tolerant once established. It can tolerate road salt, poor shallow soil and seashore plantings where other groundcovers fail.
Virtually maintenance free, it is splendid when planted beneath taller Shrubs such as Hydrangeas, or used as an underplanting for Ferns, Hellebore, or Hostas or where it can intermingle and creep through other plants or boulders.
Special Features: Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Foliage Interest, Long Blooming, Moisture Tolerant, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Reblooming, Winter Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Vinca minor 'Bowles'
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- Sun Exposure:
Part Shade, Shade
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- Height x Width:
6-8" x 18"
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Alpine and rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Erosion Control or Embankment, Ground Cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain Garden, Rock Garden, Slopes, Small Spaces, Under Planting
- Cannot Ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: None
Ideas and How-to's
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Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained, but tolerates a wide range of soils, even poor and sandy/dry if regularly watered during times of drought.
Light: Sun tolerant in cool northern zones. In hot summer areas, plant in dappled to deep shade.
Water: Best with regular water - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates dry shade once plants are established.
Spacing: 12 to 18 inches apart, which is what most gardeners do. In two to three years, the Vinca will completely cover the planting bed. Plant 6" apart and by the end of the first year the bed will be completely covered.
Fertilizing: Very adaptable and can survive in any well-drained soil. Mulch in between the plants when first planting. This is important to not only retain water, but to also keep the weeds out. After the Vinca minor fill in the area, you will not need to mulch any more.
Winterizing: Add at least 4 inches of loose organic mulch, such as leaf compost in November to winterize your vinca. For greater protection from frost, freezes and snow, completely cover the foliage in 5 to 6 inches of loose leaves.
Maintenance & Pruning: Stems root into the ground readily, and the new plants that form may be easily moved to a new location in spring or early fall. Mowing the patch low after blooming every couple of years will help to keep it thick and weed resistant.
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