verbena
verbena x hybrida


This family includes both annual and tender perennial selections. Verbena has risen to stardom in an incredibly short period of time since the introduction of "Homestead Purple" a garden hardy cultivar. Gardeners love the dependability of hybrid verbena to cover difficult areas with a flowering carpet of dark green foliage that aways looks heathy. Zones 8b to 9, many are winter hardy and come back year after year, in colder zones the are handled as annuals. Verbena is incredibly resistant to heat and humidity during the growing season.

Plant early in the spring through the early fall. Clumps of hardy hybrids can be seperated as new growth begins. After planting, water every third day for two weeks. Water once weekly during the dry periods of the summer. Apply a granular garden fertilizer in spring, and again in summer if growth is slow. Do not over fertilize or the plant will become leggy with few blooms.

In zone 7 or colder, treat verbena as an annual or container plant. Garden plantings in the lower Piedmont should be left unpruned at season's end;nter foliage may add protection. Mulch beds of hardy verbena with pine needles in December.
Many coastal plantings are lost when early cold sets in and the plants have not had time to harden off. Mites and leadminers can appear; handpick affected leaves or use plant oil sprays.
verbena


Season of Bloom
Summer to fall
Height
6 to 18 inches x 12 to 48 inches
Flower Color
Pink, White, violet-blue, Lavender.
Soil
well drained, prone to root root.
Exposure
Full Sun to Part Shade.

Reference Information
Annual Information is taken from Toby Bosts book "Carolinas" Getting Started Guide.
Toby Bosts Garden Guide