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Vinca have a bad reputation with gardeners as being very invasive. This is more true of ‘major’, the smaller ‘minor’, known as the Lesser Periwinkle is, I think, an excellent plant for dry, shady areas. It is not often considered for planters, although it can look particularly good in urns or large pots, trailing over the sides like a green waterfall.

Available in colours other than blue, it can be a garden worthy plant.

The double blue, grows in ourgarden@19 in urns either side of the banana bench.

Vinca minor ‘Azurea Flore Pleno’

An attractive alternative is the purple form, here in a large terracotta pot.

Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’

A white one lives happily in a small Cotswold Stone pot in the White and Green garden.

Vinca minor ‘Alba’

The star of our Vinca family is ‘Jenny Pym’ with its delicate pink and white colours…

Vinca diffopmis ‘Jenny Pym’

…scrambling through our Spring Bed…

…does pink and yellow go together?