One of the most reliable, non-stop blooming plants for the hot sun, Madagascar Periwinkle produces Phlox-like flowers in many shades and combinations of pink, mauve, white, red and rose. Varieties range from 3 to 20 in. tall, in upright growing or trailing forms. Use for edging, masses, containers and hanging baskets. Plants bloom from
spring to first frost. Originally from the tropics, does best in hot weather, but varieties have been bred for cooler climates. Poorly drained soil can cause root disease
Vincas are valued for the summer and fall color they provide everywhere, but are especially welcome in desert regions of the West. They thrive in almost any soil and prefer some shade, although they will grow in sunny sites provided they are well watered.
How to Grow:
Start vinca seeds indoors three or four months before the last frost is due, or buy started plants. Set the seedlings in the garden 8 to 10 inches apart after all danger of frost has passed. This plant is a perennial in Zones 9-10. New plants are usually started from seeds early each spring, however, because old plants become unkempt in appearance. They flower most freely in hot weather.