This is the most hardy of vincas—it's enormous, colorful and carefree.
Vincas are the indestructible beauties of the garden. While resembling impatiens to a remarkable degree, both in their flowers and coverage, they thrive in full sun and intense heat. Hardy, large, bushy plants provide a dense layer of sparkling color and evergreen foliage to beds, borders and containers. This luscious grape shade mixes melodiously with other shades in the Merry Go Round lineup. Require almost zero care.
Start indoors in a warm area about 12 weeks before last spring frost. Sow seeds in seed-Starting formula. Cover lightly. Keep seed flats in darkness until first seeds germinate. Seeds are sensitive to overwatering. Keep lightly moist. Move to a well-lighted area when germination Starts.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days at 75-78°F. Transplant to individual containers when large enough to handle. Before transfer to garden, move to a sheltered place outside for a week. SET PLANTS 8-10" apart in a sunny to partially shaded location with average soil in spring after danger of frost. In South and other mild areas, set outside fall to spring.
Vinca is a reliable plant for beds and borders in full sun or partial shade. Because of its uniform growth and compact size, it makes an ideal edging or annual groundcover. Vinca is also great for window boxes and other containers. The pastel pink shades contrast beautifully with deep blues and purples.