Jenny Pim - Periwinkle
Well here's a cheerful little flowered plant out in bloom today in Beckford Road. Growing in a wall was this ground covering Vinca or "Periwinkle" difformis 'jenny pym'. Delightful little pink and white blooms, the name difformis means two different types of shoot. One long arching stem which spreads the plant via layering, and a shorter stem which produces the flowers. Periwinkles generally are happy in partial shade, but this one get's sun all day. This particular one seems to be putting flowers out virtually all year, as whenever I work in this particular garden it's blooms are out. All vincas are pretty undemanding whether they are in minor (small leaf) or major (large leaf) forms They now come in a great variety of flowering colours and even variegated leaf forms, and quickly occupy a patch of ground with their vigorous growth. They can therefore become a bit of a pest if combined in a border with other plants. But planted in an area where you can let them colonise ie under trees or maybe down a bank they are great performers. Alternatively you can contain them, as in this one grown in a wall, equally in a pot or a container. If they get a little scruffy, just trim them and back they will come! .