Vinca Minor, also known by the common names Myrtle and Periwinkle, is an excellent evergreen ground cover for partial-sun and shaded areas. This old fashioned classic has been in America since colonial times when it was brought over from Europe. Dark green oval-shaped foliage and eye catching flowers in early Spring to summer. Flower color depends on the variety, as noted below. Vinca has a creeping habit and grows along the ground, forming a thick mat of green once established.
Plant 6 to 8 inches apart. Combines with Pachysandra if each kind is kept in large colonies, not mixed together. Grows 4″ to 6″ off the ground at maturity. Vinca Minor, like Pachysandra, likes fairly good soil.
Vinca Minor really has many advantages as a ground-cover. Deer resistant, hardy, and easy spreading, it eliminates weeding by smothering out weeds in its thick growth. Anywhere that the stems touch the ground will naturally root, allowing for a fast speading ground cover. Great for areas in shade that other plants have difficulty growing in, including under pine trees.
Vinca Minor plants have sturdy fibrous root systems and so are also an excellent choice for slopes as an effective means of erosion control.