Verbena x hybrida, Verbena bonariensis, Verbena speciosa
Verbena is a garden essential that with little fuss, will bloom from spring until fall. In frost-free zones Verbena can be grown as a perennial, however all others it will be an annual. Plants will grow in clumps that can reach a height of 6-10 inches. Can be used in hanging baskets, rock gardens, cottage garden beds, or even in window boxes. Verbena needs very little care, infact the main cause of problems with Verbena is overfeedling and overwatering. There are 3 things to keep your Verbena healthy and blooming through the season.
- Deadheading- make sure you pick off all faded blooms, once you quit deadheading your Verbena it will stop blooming. Just clip off the top 1/4 of the stem that hold the faded flowers (once the blooms are faded) This will encourage your plant to rebloom in 15-20 days.
- Fertilizing-is easy. Wait until they are established and growing in your garden then you can fertilize once a season. Do not fertilize before they are actively growing.
- Watering- When you first plant your Verbena, water requlary until the plants are well established- then water then only when dry.