Periwinkle is a very special hardy perennial groundcover, I have always thought it is a wonderful addition to anyone’s yard who wanted to plant something easy, have it look great, and not have to worry about it at all. In the fall you can blow leaves through it, around it, over it, stomp all over it at any time and still have it look great for 4 seasons a year.
However, it also gets a bad rap as being too invasive. Well my attitude is that if something that is doing so good in so many ways has a problem or two, may as well figure out how to fix the bad parts or learn to live with them, so that you can enjoy all the good they offer. A few married people will understand what I mean.
For starters, make sure the plants have a boarder. If you will have it bordering your lawn, using a commercial lawn trimmer works very well, faster and easier than shrub shears to keep it off the lawn. That is if you have a large property and cannot be too fussy about every maintenance job you have. Yes, shrub shears would work nicely but will take more time and you you may never get around to doing it. Trim them back a few times a year. You can’t kill the stuff, so just cut it back in it’s place.
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