Periwinkle flower (Vinca) comes in a variety of species. Some are annuals, while others are ground covering perennials.
It is slightly confusing to understand the difference between the annuals and the perennials, so we will take it one step at a time.
Lets begin with the annual Vinca. They are more commonly known as the Madagascar periwinkle.
Periwinkle Plant grows best in areas of hot temperatures and during the summer months. They can come in colors like white, pink, or lilac.
An easy way to recognize these flowers is the look of the leaves. They are larger then the flowers, and are a very dark green color. The leaves also have a glossy look to them.
You can grow Periwinkle Flower from seeds or from purchased plants. Obviously, planting plants would be the easiest way.
However, if you choose to start from seeds, these seeds will need to be planted in a warmer soil. Also make sure you have them planted in well-drained soil.
Fertilize the seeds only a little bit, because they don't need much else to grow.
Perennial Periwinkle is a ground-covering flower. Think of a floral carpet outdoors! They make your yard look very colorful and pretty.
They bloom in the beginning of spring. They start out with leaves like the annual Vinca. Large luscious green leaves are the first signs of Periwinkle.
Then the bluish purple flowers burst out from the leaves. They do not last very long, but after they go dormant, the leaves remain.
The two types of Periwinkle Plant are the Vinca major and the Vinca minor. The major has bigger leaves then the minor.
Once planted in the ground the flower will spread throughout your yard and grow for many years to come. Make sure however, that you plant them in areas of partial shade. The do not like to be out in the open sun.
Since they are ground covers, they only grow to be about 6 inches tall.
Perennial Periwinkle is a great addition to anyone's garden because they are virtually maintenance free.
Just plant and watch them grow, and then of course enjoy!