periwinkle is a perennial, evergreen herb in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) that was originally native to the island of Madagascar. It has been widely cultivated for hundreds of years and can now be found growing wild in most warm regions of the world, including the Southern U.S. The plants grow one or two feet high, have glossy, dark green leaves (1-2 inches long) and flowers all summer long. The blooms of the natural wild plants are a pale pink with a purple "eye" in their centers, but horticulturists have developed varieties with colors ranging from white to hot pink to purple.
Both the Phlox and the Bouncing Bets had to be broken down to the ground in the early spring, so the new growth could start again. I have descendants of the Phlox in my yard against the fence.
ps Carla needs to know if you have a preference of time for the reunion in June? Love Melanie