This hardy little plant delivers on so many levels! Evergreen, and happy in virtually any soil, Vinca Minor Atropurpurea (Lesser Periwinkle) ground cover requires very little maintenance beyond a slight haircut or cut back when it is veering into area where you don’t want it to grow.  It can be invasive as due to the creeping nature of the plant, they will self-root where the shoots land. As such they are better placed in larger, perhaps wilder areas of the garden where spreading is not a problem and they will not interfere with other planting. If the plant is looking a little shabby in winter it can be cut back to encourage new growth in spring.

How to grow Vinca Minor Atropurpurea

Position: Full sun, partial shade, full shade

Foliage: Evergreen

Soil and site: Any

Flowering time: Late Spring through to early Autumn

Growth rate: Moderate

Ultimate height and spread: 15cm and to 50cm

Hardiness: Fully Hardy

Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Trim in early Spring or late Autumn to maintain shape