The nostalgic periwinkle-blue flowers of the variety Bowles evoke memories of homesteads and historic gardens where Vinca (commonly called myrtle) was always seen.
The variegated forms of vinca add a spot of gold even in shadows beneath large shrubs. Our Blue & Gold is an excellent 'brightener', used this way. Ralph Shugert (PP 6960) with its deep green foliage crisply outlined in white is wonderful!
Vinca makes a wonderful companion for assorted bulbs, not competing with them but creating a carpet below those flowers, and continuing the bed beautifully when foliage of the taller plants is spent. Choose a color to compliment your blooming bulb plants.
Both the white-flowering Miss Jekyll (a true dwarf) and the burgundy-blossomed Atropurpurea (very low growing) are particularly well suited for filling-in defined areas and underplanting shrub beds in the garden.
An edging of a taller, mounding variety such as Bowles can create a miniature hedgerow, or flank a paved walkway to great effect. They can even substitute for shrubs where a low foundation planting is desired on a house that hugs the landscape.
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