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Glossy leaves, stellar blue flowers, quick coverage -- periwinkle is an ideal coverage for shade. Its only flaw is that it's so popular it's become underappreciated.
Prepare the soil well prior to planting and add humus to retain moisture. Keep the plants cut back to encourage bushy growth, and to keep them within bounds. Periwinkle can become invasive.
The silver-spotted hairy leaves of lungwort make an interesting contrast with dark evergreen periwinkle in shaded places.Lilyturf
Variegated lilyturf has upright clumps of strappy green leaves edged with cream which show off well among the dark foliage of creeping myrtle in light shade.Japanese forestgrass
Clumps of striped green-and-cream Japanese forestgrass leaves show up well among periwinkle. They enjoy similar conditions.