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Periwinkle Flowers

Posted by BradWilliams none (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 13, 13 at 9:51

This area is 100% shade during the summer due to the large trees in my backyard. I have no plan on removing the trees so would like ideas; tips or suggestions as to what I can do to liven up this area. The trees take all the water so its near impossible to have grass like the rest of the lawn. I tried clover last year but very limited results. One the plus side my lawn has a inground sprinkler system so getting water to the area is no issue but what to plant etc is my puzzle. Thanks for any help with this backyard project. I am open to just about anything. I came across Periwinkle Flowers but my concern is will they invade the rest of the property. See image of area in question. Thanks for any help or advice on this.

This post was edited by BradWilliams on Mon, Apr 15, 13 at 6:52


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RE: Periwinkle Flowers

  • Posted by rosco_p z6a ont.canada (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 14, 13 at 15:21

Brad: One possibility for this difficult area, that you might consider is Ajuga or Bugle Weed. It moves around well but is also easy to remove if it gets to be invasive. It has nice leaf colouring and even blue flowers in the spring. It is low growing and amasses well. Hope this helps. Ross.


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Thanks for the feedback. I looked at images of Bugleweed, nice looking ground cover and may be the answer to my garden.


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Bugle weeds come in purple colours and also in large and smaller varieties. Choose a mix so it looks interesting.


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Thanks Ianna, will try that for sure.


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Bugle weed attractive but is extremely invasive.Periwinkle will also spread, but is much easier to control.


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Thanks Kel for the info, will look at periwinkle.


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Planted 4 one gallon Periwinkle (Vinca minor) plants today in the area in the photo where nothing really grows. Spaced them about 3 feet apart. Added a few clumps of moss near rocks in the other area, should be interesting to see how they both grow. Put some root boost on all the plantings to help a little with their intial growth.

This post was edited by BradWilliams on Sat, Apr 27, 13 at 19:03


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