Dallas Field of Tulips in Vinca Minor
Mid-March in Dallas you will find this exquisite field of tulips planted in a woodland setting in blooming ground cover of Vinca Major or periwinkle!
Vinca Major is a shade loving ground cover which requires less water than grass. It is a good choice for heavily shaded woodland settings. It would be impossible to for grass to grow in this dense shade, even St. Augustine. Vinca Major also goes well with caladium bulbs to replace the tulips, wood ferns and daffodils.
Q. Can I dig and save my tulip bulbs? Do I need to refrigerate them again this fall?
A. Tulips should be used as annual flowers in Texas. Even large public gardens that plant tens of thousands of them each fall pull and compost them as soon as they’re finished flowering. The bulbs don’t handle Texas temperatures well at all.
This is a green and creamy-white variegated Vinca Major that lightens up dark shaded spaces. It produces blue flowers in spring. Variegated Vinca Major requires more sunlight than the solid green selection. Groom established plantings by cutting back plants periodically to keep the plantings tidy and rejuvenated. Also fertilize plants in late winter through early spring.
Variegated Vinca goes well with Variegated Pittosporum with a buffer to break the two.