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OliyaOliya Posts: 197
I’ve recently moved to a new house. Quite large areas of the garden are covered with this plant (shrub?). 
Could somebody tell me what it is and what to do about it? I find it quite pretty but it does seem to be very vigorous.


  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,824
    Looks like Vinca to me.  A useful plant for ground cover in shade.  It has small purple flowers.  Not a a weed (unless you really don't like it).
  • Vinca major - useful enough as ground cover but let it roam at your peril - it will grow up and along and root where it gets it's toes in the soil.
    It's a "smothering" plant so beware as once happy, it can be extremely difficult to contain. 
  • OliyaOliya Posts: 197
    Thank you for your responses. Any advice on how to contain it? Is it just the case of trimming? Or do I need dig it up and thin it out? I don’t really want it taking over the whole of the garden…
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018
    You need to dig it out. Fortunately the roots aren't particularly deep.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • OliyaOliya Posts: 197
    @B3 thanks for letting me know!
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