Garden verbena, or landscaping vervain, is a simply beautiful flower and will be a perfect match for gardens and container-based growing alike.
Facts about garden verbena
Name – Verbena x hybrida
Family – Verbenaceae
Type – perennial or annual
Height – 12 to 40 inches (30 to 100 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – light, well-drained
Flowering – from June to September
Planting, sowing garden vervain
Plant your garden verbena preferably in fall, but you can also plant it until spring as long as it doesn’t freeze.
- Remember to blend the soil with compost or special flower plant soil mix
Sowing garden vervain
You can start your covered sowing early in March and April or directly in the ground starting from mid-May.
- When sowing in a sheltered place, ensure minimum temperatures of 60°F (15°C).
- Broadcast seeds and cover the seeds in a shallow layer of seedling soil mix.
- As soon as the first leaves appear, thin to 1¼ to 1½ inches (3 to 4 cm).
- When the plants have born 4 or 5 leaves, transplant them to a nursery pot.
- Transplant to the ground when the last frosts are past, towards mid-May.
Caring for garden vervain
Verbena x hybrida, although it’s a perennial, is grown as an annual.
- Remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading) in order to boost flower-bearing.
- In pots, containers or hanging arrangements, water when the soil has dried up.
- At the end of summer, adding fertilizer may rekindle the blooming and enhance autumn colors.
After the first fall frost spells, you can pull your garden vervain out; the following year’s blooming will be insignificant.
Since it is vulnerable to aphid attacks, read up on how to treat against aphids if need be.
All there is to know about garden vervain
This perennial plant which is grown as an annual counts many different varieties (over 200).
These plants are mostly ornamental and aren’t used for infusions, even though they’re all edible. Usually, medicinal or lemon verbena are used for infusions or herbal tea.
Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora) is the species most used by herbal tea manufacturers.
Garden verbena bears flowers that range from pinkish white to violet, with touches of blue and red depending on the variety.
You can plant them along edges, in flower beds and they’ll also look great in garden boxes or hanging pot arrangements.
Smart tip about garden verbena
Plant some near your vegetable patch since it repels caterpillar-causing white butterflies.