Cascade has a spreading habit, allowing it to
tumble over the rim of baskets and planters.
last time I reported on the Cora Cascade was in 2010; so
much has changed with this trailing beauty, itís now
even better than we knew it then, so I thought Iíd
write an update.
Cascade vinca has been beating the brutal summers in
simply amazing fashion and if you are looking for
trailing color look no further. Twice this summer I have
written about the best of trailing petunias many of
which are thriving right into August. Make no mistake
about it however Cora Cascade periwinkle or vinca is a
champion and will give you dazzling color whether you
want a ground cover or a trailer spilling out of your
you havenít tried vinca in a while it is probably
because you had years of misery because of a disease
called aerial phytophthora. Well, Cora and the trailing
Cora Cascade are resistant to this soil-borne plague
making it oh so fun to grow the vinca or Madagascar
periwinkle again. Today there are 10 colors and a mix in
the Cora vinca and eight colors in the trailing Cora
now instead of flowers that will shrivel and die within
a few days, these workhorses will bloom all summer.
While you are inside staying cool and drinking your
favorite beverage the Cora Cascade vinca is blooming
making you look like you have garnered the green thumb.
though the Cora and Cora Cascade vincas are disease
resistant, there is no use planting too early in the
spring. We always want until the soil has warmed and the
plant is able to expand out of its rootball with vigor.
Here we are in torrid temperatures of early August where
many landscapes have gotten a little tired. If you have
a hanging basket or mixed planter where some of your
other annuals have croaked, then pop in a Cora Cascade
close attention to planting depth. Planting individual
plants too deeply exposes the roots and stems to
unfavorable growing conditions. Add a good layer of
mulch after planting to stabilize soil temperatures and
prevent rapid loss of moisture through evaporation.
Mulch also will deter weeds from growing and competing
for nutrients and water. Once established, the Cora and
Cora Cascade vincas will tolerate droughts, so donít
colorful flowers coupled with semi-glossy leaves let
them work with ease in a tropical style garden. Use them
in front of bananas or upright elephant ears, try
growing them poolside. The truth is they will work in
any setting from cottage gardens to modern landscapes.
Cascade with its trailing habit gives you other options
that are sensational in the landscape reaching about 6
inches in height and spreading close to 3 feet. They are
incredible in baskets, mixed containers or window boxes
where a virtual carpet of flowers will gently tumble
over the edge. I just recently saw a terrific planting
where Cora Cascade was tumbling over the edge and in the
background was Diamond Frost euphorbia and Gold Mound
we may be hungering for fall the truth is we have some
more heat to endure and so does our landscape. If you
are looking for flowers that are beautiful, and tough
for planting in August then put Cora and the Cora
Cascade vincas at the top of your list.