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Vinca Minor Bowles Periwinkle

Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety'

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Vinca Minor Bowles Periwinkle

Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety'

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Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety'

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Bowles Periwinkle is the ultimate ground-cover plant. Evergreen, with small glossy leaves of a rich, dark green, this plant thrives and spreads in all the shady parts of your garden. It turns boring, brown areas into a beautiful green carpet, smothered in spring with rich blue flowers. This hardy plant grows well even in zone 4, and will survive in zone 3 with snow cover. It will grow in partial to full shade, beneath trees and large shrubs, and is the ideal way to cover the ground in your shrub beds without creating any work. In fact, many leaves will disappear into the foliage, reducing the need to rake or blow in fall. Bowles Periwinkle grows in most types of soil, even damp ones, and is resistant to normal dry summer conditions. This is the top-choice plant to add a whole extra dimension of color and interest to your garden.

  • Ideal ground-cover beneath trees
  • glossy-green evergreen foliage on trailing stems
  • Gorgeous display of rich blue flowers in spring
  • Dense mat of weed-proof stems and leaves
  • Virtually maintenance free

Plant Bowles Periwinkle in any part of your garden. It will even grow in full sun if the soil is moist. It thrives in shady places, and in all kinds of soil. For a continuous carpet of foliage, plant 24 inches apart, across the area you want to cover. This variety of periwinkle is less invasive than common kinds, but it still makes a solid, weed-resistant cover over the ground. It is easy to trim with a spade or string trimmer, if it is spreading outside the area you want it. Its shallow roots are easily removed if necessary. It is unaffected by pests or diseases, and it is not eaten by deer. Once planted, there is nothing else you need to do but let this sturdy plant beautify your garden.

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