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Vinca minor f. alba Gertrude Jekyll


Lesser Periwinkle

Evergreen groundcover with pure white flowers

The pure white flowers on this low growing evergreen light up a shady spot, although the plant is perfectly happy in sunshine as well. Deep green leaves hug the ground on creeping stems eventually making a carpet of leaves.


This easy to grow plant looks good planted under roses or shrubs, adding valuable spring colour and texture. It also makes an unusual addition to a winter container or hanging basket.


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

Named after the Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843 -1932) who, in later years worked with Sir Edwin Lutyens on gardens such as Castle Drogo and Hestercombe.

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 5 cm - 10 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 5 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

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 Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From March to September