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.


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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