Verbena Half-hardy Annual

VERBENA

A favourite for many years in small beds and window boxes. Verbena is a low-growing plant which bears small, Primroselike flowers in clusters on top of the stems. The blooms are usually fragrant and white-eyed, and the stems can be pegged down to provide a floral carpet. Add organic matter to the soil before sowing, pinch out the tips of young plants, dead-head regularly and water in dry weather.

VARIETIES: V. hybrida varieties are available in many colours – white, pink, purple, red and blue. For a bright splash of a single colour, pick ‘Blaze’ (scarlet), ‘Delight’ (pink), ‘Amethyst’ (blue), ‘Lawrence Johnston’ (cherry red) or ‘Sparkle’ (scarlet, prominent white eye). Many people prefer a mixture of colours – for them there is ‘Royal Bouquet’, ‘Showtime’ and ‘Sparkle Mixed’.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 6 in. -1 ft.

Spacing: 1 ft.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Plant out when the danger of frost is past.

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