Jammin' in the Garden

By Susan Littlefield

Deeply colored flowers can add a striking accent to garden beds and container plantings. And there are few that offer a more dramatic hue than Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', one of the 2012 All-America Selections Flower Award winners.

The velvety, deep purple flowers accented with a small white eye are of such a deep hue that in some settings they appear almost black. The color combines well with both hot and cool shades. Imagine the ″pop″ when combined with bright orange flowers or the smoldering drama when mixed with shades of pink, blue, and lavender. The possibilities are endless!

Vinca (Catharanthus roseus) is an easy to grow tender perennial grown as an annual. The shiny dark green foliage sets off the flowers that bloom from summer to frost on 10-24 inch tall plants. It does best in full sun and tolerates heat and dry soil when established. It works well in mass plantings, in the flower border, as an edging plant, and in containers. Wait until the air and soil are warm and all danger of frost is past before setting this heat-lover out in the garden.

All-America Award winners are new varieties selected by independent expert AAS judges on the basis of their superior garden performance in trial gardens all across the country.

For more information on Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', go to: All-America Selections.

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