The Summer of Vinca

The Summer of Vinca

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The Summer of Vinca
Every spring I become giddy with the excitement of planting beautiful flower pots. I’ve used many of the different varieties of summer flowers available. They all look gorgeous and healthy at first…then comes hot June, then even hotter July, and by August I ask myself why didn’t I plant all vinca?

No deadheading required, vinca is the only flower still looking great after two months of summer neglect. Sure, I tell myself I will feed and deadhead, but the reality of 100° plus temperatures has me retreating into my nice, cool house. This time of year my desire to garden wanes and I’d rather watch my flowers from the indoors.

So, this is the Summer of Vinca. I couldn’t resist planting a penta here and a salvia there, but the majority of my pots are filled with a combination of upright and trailing vinca.

by Cara Bohardt, Desert Gardener

What do you plant for the summer?