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Vinca minor Illumination

Lesser Periwinkle

Evergreen groundcover with light green leaves with dark edges

Illumination is a ground covering shrub producing leaves with a yellow to golden centre and a dark green surround. From Spring right through to Autumn, it produces violet flowers and that stand out from their yellow and green background.


They can survive in full sun or full shade and cope with a variety of soils providing it's moist.


These are a truly hardy plant, happily being planted out or replanted in a pot.

Given its hardy nature, this can become invasive if left unchecked. Either contain it or else keep it in check by rooting out creeping stems.

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, Autumn
Flowering April - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 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, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From March to September