Day 101: purple periwinkle

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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This is the flower that cured me of my indifference to vinca. One glimpse of that little, deep violet face peering up at me from a tangle of small, dark green leaves, and I was hooked. My introduction to the periwinkle family came courtesy of a rampant growth of a larger variety, rampaging through an unkempt border  – which it will do, if left to its own devices. But Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’ is a little more refined, both in terms of the delicacy of foliage and flowers and its vigour, though given free reign it too will start to colonise a bed. One of those plants that make you wonder why people think dry shade is such a tricky situation to deal with.


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