Day 101: purple periwinkle

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


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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