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Periwinkle

Planting in the garden

A garden is a part of a house where a lot of the free time of those who live there is concentrated, both because it is the fulcrum of various hobbies to be carried out outside and because one of its main purposes is precisely to occupy the time. non-working day (or of the week if you spend your holidays there) in order to release all the stress accumulated daily, a psychophysical condition that greatly degrades the quality of our life and also has repercussions on the health of our organism. Taking care of the garden, planting the plants we love most in order to recreate it according to our tastes, pruning branches that are too long, picking flowers and fruits are all “gardening” operations, that is to say, a hobby of the garden which fortunately is increasingly widespread. We say fortunately because it is a fantastic activity that can involve the whole family and above all that creates a strong bond with nature: it is still our creative mother and it is good for everyone to treat it with respect and gratitude, perhaps recreating a piece of its own. near our house. Not only that, gardening is also quite tiring, and this is great for carrying out healthy physical activity outdoors in the midst of nature.

Decorative plants


The first thing you think about when you aim to set up your garden is which species of plants it is best to plant; in general, the first piece of advice we would like to give you is to choose the plants you like best, both aesthetically and for other personal reasons. This is nothing more than a piece of advice that is the fruit of experience, because we too have set up several gardens and at the beginning we found ourselves asking the same question. What is surprising is that many people choose to put plants without listening to themselves, but only by hearsay or to follow certain trends. It is a wrong concept, but it is above all part of that way of being – unfortunately currently very widespread – in which many people sacrifice their personal tastes to please others. To have a beautiful garden, the beautiful thing is to fill it with plants that,

The periwinkle

A plant that is considered “decorative” is the Periwinkle, well known with this name but which is actually called “Vinca” scientifically, as a group containing a large number of species. It is considered as decorative (mostly because it is encouraged to those who ask themselves the question of which plant to choose for some parts of the garden) as it has a very simple and universally appreciated aspect, beyond subjective and personal tastes. It looks like an annual plant whose strongest characteristic is that of constituting a uniform carpet of leaflets on which flowers not particularly large but evident for color and elegant simplicity sprout and stand out. Its origin is not located in a single and precise place, but scholars believe that some species are native to the tropical areas of Africa, while others come from Europe. It is clear that the “primordial” Periwinkle originated from only one of these two places, but currently this has not yet been discovered because it is difficult to trace. The etymology of its name has Latin origin and indicates the binding capacity of its flexible and dense branches, the main instrument of its diffusion as a dense undergrowth plant.

Periwinkle: Other specifications

In nature, the Periwinkle is widespread above all as spontaneous, as it is a rustic plant (definition already introduced in other articles of our site which indicates particular adaptability of a plant, which survives in habitats quite different from the original) that populates the fresh undergrowth, or those sheltered by the thick crowns of tall trees. The creeping structure of this plant is suitable for quickly populating large areas, as it has flexible and rapidly growing branches, as well as very well formed and numerous leaves. Above all this we note the growth of a not very high number of flowers, of a color that has made school for its uniqueness and which in fact is called “periwinkle”: it is a violet-light blue with a certain tendency to gray, very delicate but at the same time clearly visible especially compared to the deep green of the branches and leaves of the plant to which it belongs. A curiosity to know absolutely about periwinkle is its non-negligible toxicity: all plant species are toxic, but practically all of them need to be taken in enormous quantities to reveal this; periwinkle, on the other hand, is normally quite toxic, especially affecting the digestive system (with vomiting, diarrhea).

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