Let’s talk about Verbenas

Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

The Verbena family is a wonderful group of plants. They come in such a variety of colours and forms from small low growing plants to giants of border fillers, both annual and perennial I think there is a Verbena for everyone. They are a very drought resistant plant and they enjoy full to partial sun and a well- drained soil. When planted in the shade flowering performance reduces dramatically and they become susceptible to diseases like mildew.

Verbena has long been used in natural medicine and is known to aid digestion and insomnia. It’s most striking feature however has got to be it’s ability to attract butterflies into the garden, they have an open flat flower which butterflies adore.

Verbena bonariensis

I love Verbena used in hanging baskets, there are two ranges to consider, the Verbena Lanai Series and the Verbena Empress Series. Both are trailing varieties and come in a wonderful…

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