Also known as Myrtle, and an extremely popular evergreen groundcover. This less common selection forms a dense mat of glossy dark green leaves, studded with deep wine-purple flowers in spring. Very shade tolerant, the leaves will sometimes scorch in too much sun. Tolerates dry shade once plants are established. Stems root into the ground readily, and the new plants that form may be easily moved to a new location in spring or early fall. Mowing the patch low after blooming every couple of years will help to keep it thick. Plant 4 to 10 plants per square yard. Received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (1993).
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Lungwort – 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.