Enjoy vinca's colorful blooms from spring
through fall. The blue, purple, or white flowers provide a colorful
accent to the shiny, green foliage. This easy, adaptable groundcover
tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Note: It can also grow very
quickly -- to the point some gardeners call it invasive.
Easy-to-grow in any well-drained soil, but grow best in fertile, loamy soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH. Good low maintenance lawn alternative as it tolerates some foot traffic. Excellent for slopes or low-maintenance
cover, especially in areas requiring erosion control. Mow in the fall
for fresh foliage. Also a great plant for hanging containers or window
boxes which allow the glossy foliage to cascade over the sides. Deer and
Vinca major and Vinca minor are nearly identical except for leaf shape
and flower size. Vinca major has broader leaves with longer hairs on the
petioles, larger flowers, and is less cold hardy. Both are low
maintenance and often used for controlling soil erosion on shady slopes.
PLANTING: Space 6 to 12 inches apart. Choose a site in partial shade, though the Vincas will tolerate deeper shade; average garden soil will do.
MAINTENANCE: Keep plants well watered during periods of drought. A balanced fertilizer applied in the spring will encourage optimum growth.