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Lesser Periwinkle Care Guide

Lesser Periwinkle Care Guide

Whether you're just starting out or an experienced gardener, our essential care guide will help you grow your beautiful Lesser Periwinkle in your garden.

Green leaves and purple flowers grow on long stems. The green leaves help keep weeds away.


  • Shrub
  • Suitable for small gardens
  • Dramatic foliage
  • Flowers
  • Safe for children
  • Safe for pets

Botanical name

Vinca minor atropurpurea

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Where to plant

Choosing the right spot is important for your Lesser Periwinkle to thrive with the right amount of space and sun.

Vinca minor atropurpurea, also known as Periwinkle, is a low-growing, evergreen groundcover prized for its attractive dark purple foliage and blue flowers. Here is a care guide for growing Vinca minor atropurpurea:

Plant gift


Prepare your new Lesser Periwinkle

Unpack your gift as soon as you can, it might be thirsty for some water (if the soils dry) and will be missing the light!

Planting a gift


Give it space and room to grow

When considering a spot for your plant, choose somewhere that is at least an inch wider than the pot all the way round. 

In a few years, your Lesser Periwinkle can grow up to 10cm height and 1.5m spread.

Sun for plants


Give it some sun

Your Lesser Periwinkle loves to be north facing, east facing, south facing, west facing and with full sun, dappled shade, partial shade.

Plants that like the sun will enjoy sunny areas that warm up during the day. Southern facing gardens receive the most sun, and will suit plants that won’t frazzle in the heat. You can work out which way your garden faces with a compass (there’s one on your phone) which will point towards North.

Soil types

Step 4

Check your soil

Soil type differs from garden to garden. Your Lesser Periwinkle will be happiest if your soil is like any of these:

Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

The texture and consistence of your soil is important also as it will determine the level of nutrition and drainage. If you think your soil might be the wrong type for your Lesser Periwinkle, you could plant it in a pot or container instead!

Plant border

Step 5

Position in border

Picking the right spot to plant in a border affects how well Lesser Periwinkle will grow and how the border will look overall.

Your Lesser Periwinkle will be best growing in the middle of the border, as it's tough enough to be surrounded on all sides by other plants that are competing for space. At the same time, they can look pretty in-between taller and shorter plants.

Care for your Lesser Periwinkle

By following these care tips, your Lesser Periwinkle will thrive and provide you with beautiful and large flowers all season long.

  • Watering

    Water regularly, but allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Atropurpurea Periwinkle is drought-tolerant.

    Learn: Watering plants 
  • Pruning

    Prune as needed to maintain shape and encourage new growth. Atropurpurea Periwinkle can be pruned in the spring.

    Learn: Pruning 
  • Fertillising

    Apply a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    Learn: Fertillising 
  • Pests & Diseases

    Keep an eye out for common pests like slugs and snails, and treat as necessary. Root rot can be a problem if the soil is kept too moist.

    Learn: Protect from bugs 
  • Protect

    With proper care, Vinca minor atropurpurea can make a beautiful and low-maintenance addition to any shady landscape or garden.

    Learn: Protect 
  • Need some help?

    Our Little Eden essentials course gives you all the basic skills you need to help your new plant thrive.

    Little Eden Essentials 

Your Lesser Periwinkle Calendar

Our handy calendar helps you work out your planting and pruning seasons for your Lesser Periwinkle.

  • Jan

  • Feb

  • Mar


  • Apr


  • May

    Plant, Flowers

  • Jun

    Plant, Flowers

  • Jul

    Plant, Flowers

  • Aug

    Plant, Flowers, Cut back

  • Sep

    Plant, Flowers, Cut back

  • Oct


  • Nov

  • Dec

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