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Vinca minor Bowle's Variety


Lesser Periwinkle

Possibly the best blue flowered variety

The flowers on this lovely Periwinkle shine on dull, late winter days reminding us that spring is not far away. The flat, clear blue blooms come from greyish white buds. Looks good planted with early spring daffodils.


This ground covering plant is happy in any garden soil, in sun or shade. A good choice for a part of the garden which is difficult to get to. Also good for winter hanging baskets where stems will trail.


Water well after planting and occasionally in dry weather until established. Trim back as needed.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering March - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September