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The common periwinkle, also known as vinca, is perfect for planting in spots where other plants may not be able to grow. This hardy plant is able to tolerate a broad range of conditions and soils, including drought and clay and alkaline. It's also a great plant to place on sloping ground to prevent erosion.

Periwinkles are tiny and come in a range of colors, including white, red, pink, blue and purple. The plant blooms best when planted in full sun and will start to flower in the spring and summer.

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1. Where to Buy Periwinkle Plants

While it is possible to grow periwinkle from seed, you will find that the growth is quite slow. A much better way to achieve beautiful blooms in the same year as planting is to purchase nursery plants. Just a few small plants are enough for a large area as they spread quite quickly. Look for plants at your local nursery or plant store that have glossy and rich green foliage.

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