Will periwinkle cover rocks?

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  1. sharan

    sharan Member

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    hiya guys, will periwinkle grow over rocks?
     
  2. HollyHok

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    Periwinkle will grow long stems, adorn with it's glossy leaves and bright eyes blue flowers, that will trial over the rock easily.
    If planted in and around and at the base of the rocks, even between the rocks, then let them take off, soon the rocks will almost be unseen.
    I have periwinkle and not because I planted it. I am trying to get rid of it Lol.
    I find that the roots are everywhere in the adjacent garden, even where the periwinkle isn't rooted!
    Once established, I find that Periwinkle is hard to get rid of.
     
  3. Silver surfer

    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Yes. Over rocks, over small shrubs, trees and ferns etc!
    I have just spent this morning trying to rescue our small smothered plants from this very pretty creeper.
     
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    ok that may be an option for me then to cover the whole area, but then again i dont want it to be problematic in the future if someone else owns the home in years to come
     
  5. kaspian

    kaspian Active Member 10 Years

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    That's nice of you to consider the implications of your gardening choices upon others who may someday live there.

    One thing to consider is that periwinkle, though hardy and aggressive, does depend on a good supply of sunlight to thrive. If you are also planting trees and large shrubs, they will (in time) cast shade on the periwinkle, which will dampen its vigor and allow other, more less rampant specimens to compete.

    It's also possible (or maybe probable) that a future occupant would be a non-gardener -- most people seem to be. So this person might appreciate a carefree, evergreen ground cover as an alternative to needy lawn grass.
     
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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Sorry to disagree kaspian, but ours is growing under the high canopy of trees and a lower shrub cover. It is extremely vigorous, even although in shade for most of the day. However, due to this shade, it does not flower as well as it would in full sun.
     
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    Ours too, growing under a canopy of cedar trees.
    It gets some early morning sun. Otherwise pretty much shaded.
    I find this plant invasive and hard to get rid of as I am finding roots of this palnt everywhere in the gardens coming off the bank that it is currently growing in.
    If I were to plant it, which I wouldn't even consider, it would be on the outside perimeter of the property line, if anywhere.
    I don't suggest planting in or near a garden area as one may come to regret it in a few years.
    That is my own opinion. I imagine it would depend on what else you are planning on putting in around the area and the look that you are striving for.
     

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