Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionBowles' Periwinkle Vine (Vinca minor) is a tough, rugged evergreen groundcover for hard to grow areas. Also known as vinca or myrtle, this periwinkle vine is known for its lavender flowers that bloom in spring, glossy foliage, and clump-forming habit- so it is more sedate in spreading. This shade-loving deer resistant perennial is drought tolerant once established. It can tolerate road salt, poor shallow soil, and seashore plantings where other groundcovers fail. It's perfect for gardeners of any level seeking an easy-care groundcover with a charming display of flowers. Buying landscape plugs? Here is how much area they will cover:
6" spacing of 32 landscape plugs covers 6 sq feet
8" spacing covers 7.5 sq feet
10" spacing covers 11 sq feet
12" spacing covers 16 sq feet
DetailsBotanical name: Vinca minor 'Bowles' Common name: Periwinkle Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun), Shade (<4 hours sun) Height x width: 6-8" x 18" Flower color: Blue Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Spring Bloom time:Spring, summer Features:Winter interest, suitable for slopes, ground covers, evergreens, dry soils, deer resistant, best for beginners Uses: Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Edging, Erosion control or embankment, Ground cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain garden, Rock garden, Slopes, Small spaces, Under planting.How To GrowSoil: 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. 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, 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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9 Best Perennial Ground Covers for Shade
Often times shady spots are neglected in gardens, especially tough-to-fill sites under trees, shrubs, or structures. There are so many plants that can do the job, but here are 9 of our favorites!
Planted these around the pool. Needed a ground cover as its a tight area and hard to mow. So far so good. They arrived healthy and seem to be doing well. They don't seem to need much fussing. Very low maintenance.
Super high quality plugs
I was very happy with my order of garden plugs. They were the best I have ever seen. Robust. Excellent size. The roots were auesome. They will establish quickly.
Just what I wanted
I am extremely pleased with my purchase of Bowles Periwinkle. The price was right, the ordering processes was simple, delivery was on time, and the plants are thriving.
The plants arrived healthy and ready to go. They’re thriving, and already branching out. We can’t wait to see them when they’ve all filled in.