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Vinca minor
Dwarf Periwinkle

An evergreen dwarf shrub that spreads over the ground forming a dense mat. Small, 3 cm across, deep green leaves. Stems grow between 30 and 80 cm annually. It bears attractive flowers that vary in colour: blue in the species and blue, purple and white in ..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, blue flowers (IV-IX) no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5 - 0Zones 5 - 0
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5 - 0Zones 5 - 0

Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Japanese Hydrangea-vine

An ornamental climber, supporting itself by means of aerial roots. White flowers are borne in large, flattened cymes. Leaves heart-shaped, dark green, turning yellow in autumn. Though slow-growing (0,5m of annual growth), it eventually reaches 6m. Superb ..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers VII no 0.5 m shadow, sun, 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun 4 6 - 8Zones 6 - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
shadow, sun, 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun 4 6 - 8Zones 6 - 8

A valuable, fully hardy, strong-growing climber reaching even 20 m (0,5-1 m of annual growth) in suitable trees. It attaches itself by means of aerial roots, though may require initial support. Flowers in corymbs, in June to July, greenish-white, with sev..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers VI-VII no 0.5-1 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 2-4 5 - 7Zones 5 - 7
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 2-4 5 - 7Zones 5 - 7

Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea'
Dwarf Periwinkle 'Atropurpurea'

An evergreen dwarf shrub that spreads over the ground forming a dense mat. Small, 3 cm across, deep green leaves. Stems grow about 30-80 cm annually. Attractive violet-purple flowers. It’s best grown in partial shade or shade and in moderately moist soil...

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, red flowers VI-IX no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8

Vinca minor 'La Grave'
Dwarf Periwinkle 'La Grave'

Blue flowers from April to September. Evergreen, deep green foliage. It's one of the best ground covering forms. Stems grow between 30 and 80 cm annually and spread as a dense mat. It’s best grown in partial shade or shade and in moderately moist soil. Pl..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, blue flowers IV-IX no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8

Vinca minor 'Plena'
Dwarf Periwinkle 'Plena'

Double, blue flowers from April to September. Evergreen, deep green foliage. Stems grow between 30 and 80 cm annually and spread forming a dense mat. It’s best grown in partial shade or shade and in moderately moist soil. Plant 10 plants per square meter...

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, blue flowers IV-IX no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8

Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert'
Dwarf Periwinkle 'Ralph Shugert'

A very attractive form bearing blue flowers from April to September. Evergreen, deep green leaves edged with white. Stems grow between 30 and 80 cm annually and spread as a dense mat. It’s one of the best ground covering forms. It’s best grown in partial ..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, blue flowers IV-IX no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8

Vinca minor 'Alba'
Dwarf Periwinkle 'Alba'

White flowers from April to September. Evergreen, deep green foliage. Stems grow between 30 and 80 cm annually and spread covering the ground with a dense mat. It’s best grown in partial shade or shade and in moderately moist soil. Plant 10 plants per squ..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, white flowers IV-IX no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8

Vinca minor 'Gertrude Jekyll'
Vinca minor 'Gertrude Jekyll'

The most valuable of all white-flowered forms. Silky white flowers from April to September. Evergreen, deep green leaves. Stems grow between 30 and 80 cm annually and spread as a dense mat. It’s best grown in partial shade or shade and in moderately moist..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, white flowers IV-IX no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8

Vinca minor ILLUMINATION 'Cahill'
Dwarf Periwinkle ILLUMINATION 'Cahill'

Attractive, evergreen variety of bright yellow, glossy, elliptic leaves with dark green margins, 2-3 cm long. Violet-blue flowers 2.5 cm in diameter. Free flowering from the end of April till May, continues until October. Yellow dioecious shoots, the ster..

Selected by Christy Hensler in 1995, U.S.A.
Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers (IV-IX) no 0.5-1 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 9Zones 5A - 9
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 9Zones 5A - 9

Vinca minor 'Evelyn' PBR
Dwarf Periwinkle 'Evelyn' PBR

Recent, precious cultivar with white flowers in IV-IX. Evergreen leaves, dark green with cream-coloured margins. Shoots grow 30-80 cm a year, and by scrambling and taking new roots they cover the ground tightly. The cover is 10-15 cm deep and thrives in a..

Selected in Helix Pflanzen GmbH, Germany.
Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers (IV-IX) no 0.3-0.8 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5 - 8Zones 5 - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5 - 8Zones 5 - 8

Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet'
Japanese pachysandra 'Green Carpet'

Great evergreen ground cover for a variety of shady locations in all types of gardens, parks, public spaces.  

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 5 6A - 8Zones 6A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 5 6A - 8Zones 6A - 8

Vinca major
Bigleaf Periwinkle

A vigorous low growing shrub covered with large (4-8 cm across) dark, evergreen leaves. Numerous violet-blue flowers growing from the axils sprinkle the plant from April till June and in smaller amounts for the rest of summer. Thrives in fertile, humifie..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 0.3-1 m 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 5-11 6B - 8Zones 6B - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 5-11 6B - 8Zones 6B - 8

Vinca major 'Maculata'
Bigleaf Periwinkle 'Maculata'

A vigorous dwarf shrub covered with large (4-8 cm across), dark evergreen leaves with irregular splashes of yellow in the middle. Numerous violet-blue flowers growing from the axils sprinkle the plant from April till June and in smaller amounts till the e..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 5-11 6B - 8Zones 6B - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 5-11 6B - 8Zones 6B - 8

Vinca major WOJO'S JEM 'Vinwoj'
Bigleaf Periwinkle WOJO'S JEM 'Vinwoj'

Shrub covered with large (4-8 cm across), dark evergreen leaves with irregular creamy-white splashes in the middle. Numerous violet-blue flowers growing from the axils sprinkle the plant from April till June and in smaller amounts till the end of summer. ..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 0.3-1 m 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun 5-11 6B - 8Zones 6B - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
1/2 sun, 1/4 sun 5-11 6B - 8Zones 6B - 8

Vinca minor 'Dart's Blue'
Dwarf Periwinkle 'Dart's Blue'

A valuable cultivar of regular growth with dark, glossy evergreen leaves and light violet-blue flowers blooming just above them. Both leaves and flowers are larger than the average in the species. Free-flowering in April, continues less abundantly through..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5 - 0Zones 5 - 0
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5 - 0Zones 5 - 0

Vinca minor 'Alba Variegata'
Dwarf Periwinkle 'Alba Variegata'

An intriguing cultivar of green, yellow-margined and yellow-splashed leaves and white blossom. Not very expansive, therefore useful for covering small spaces. Recommended for public areas. WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Leaves decorative, evergreen, ovate, green wi..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, white flowers no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow 10 5A - 8Zones 5A - 8

Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight'
Japanese Hydrangea-vine 'Moonlight'

An ornamental climber, supporting itself by means of aerial roots. White flowers are borne in large, flattened cymes. Attractive heart-shaped, slivery glaucous leaves turn yellow in autumn. Though slow-growing (0,5m of annual growth), it eventually reache..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 0.5 m shadow, sun, 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun 6 - 8Zones 6 - 8
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
shadow, sun, 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun 6 - 8Zones 6 - 8

Hydrangea anomala 'Cordifolia'
Climbing Hydrangea ‘Cordifolia’

A dwarf variety of roundish leaves 4-6 cm in diameter, green, glossy on the upper side and white and green underneath, serrated and set on long petioles. Flowers are sterile, cream coloured, honey scented and scarce, gathered in corymbs, blooming in June ..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 0.1 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun 5 - 7Zones 5 - 7
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun 5 - 7Zones 5 - 7

Hydrangea anomala 'Mirranda'
Climbing Hydrangea 'Mirranda'

A new cultivar with green leaves with yellow margins. White flowers in corymbs, in June-July. It climbs by attaching itself to the support by aerial root and can grow up to 6-10 m tall (0,5 m annually). Frost hardy. Thrives best in moist and acid soils in..

Decoration form Evergreen plant Annual growth Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
leaves, flowers no 0.5 m 3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun 5 - 7Zones 5 - 7
Aspect Density on 1 m2 Frost hardiness
3/4 sun, 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun 5 - 7Zones 5 - 7