Pink vinca flowers make my every day

That Saturday I was shopping for another large planter – to become a new home for my new Flower Carpet White rose. Finding the planter was a piece of cake since I knew exactly what I was looking for. Just when I was ready to leave the nursery, some beautiful pink flowers caught my attention and wild horses could not stop me from checking them out… 🙂

Vincas
Photo “Vincas” – courtesy of Antonioski

The next thing I noticed was a big sign that they are perfect for Florida’s full sun conditions and at the same time I realized that these vinca plants would be a perfect fillers in the same planter with the new white rose – which was only a cane at the time, with the first signs of new growth.

Of course I ended up buying four vincas, and minutes later planted them around the rose in that beautiful blue planter. Ever since -they have been my favorite morning sight. Vinca plants are now covered with pink flowers and the carpet rose in the middle is growing – but still has ways to go before there will be any white blooms. Pink flowers in bright blue planter look delightful – the sight of that combo cheers me up every time I look at it!

Vinca Drops
Photo “Vinca Drops” – courtesy of Chrissie2003

Vinca, Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar periwinkle or rosy periwinkle

… is an attractive small subshrub with graceful pink or white salverform flowers. Native to southeastern and eastern Madagascar, the plant is easily cultivated, and European colonists exported it widely as an ornamental. It is now grown almost worldwide, and is found naturalized in most tropical and subtropical regions following escapes from cultivation.

Madagascar periwinkle was used in Madagascar, and in many of the countries to which it was later spread, as a folk treatment for diabetes. Researchers investigating its medicinal properties discovered that it contained a group of alkaloids that, though extremely toxic, had potential uses in cancer treatment…

How to grow vinca (Catharanthus roseus):

  • Catharanthus roseus prefers well drained soil, moderately watered until established
  • pinch back to encourage branching
  • vinca can be grown from seeds or cuttings, taken in spring and summer
  • reseeds itself in loose soil
  • hardy in USDA Zones 9 – 11 – grown as an annual in colder zones
  • thrives in full sun conditions
  • grows up to 12″ tall and 12″ to 18″ wide
  • space 8 to 10″ apart
  • mounded
  • use all purpose fertilizer
  • deer resistant

Vinca flowers
Photo “Vinca flowers” – courtesy of Mr.Mac2009

 

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Ratty - May 24, 2011

They are very nice looking flowers. I always wish I could plant flowers like this around my house, but they never last with various wild critters and neighbor children.

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    Daria - May 27, 2011

    I can understand your concerns because I had some challenges myself – before achieving this kind of success with my plants. For years, I haven’t had much success with most anything, planted in the ground – for various reasons, including bunnies. Small planters dry out very fast in the heat of Florida’s summer. Now I only use large planters and enjoy more blooms and more beautiful plants than ever… 🙂

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