Planting Flowering Verbena Plants In Your Garden
If you’re searching for long lasting blooms that perform during the hottest days of summer heat, consider planting the verbena plants. Verbena plants grow in clumps six to 10 inches tall, making it ideal as a hanging basket plant. The colorful blooms can be red, white, pink, mauve, purple or apricot and provide pretty accents for rock gardens, window boxes or borders. Verbena can be started from seeds, but it does take them a long time to germinate. Start indoors in late winter by placing two seeds in peat or fiber pots. Cover very lightly with soil. Water taking care not to make the soil too wet and be prepared to wait about a month for the seeds to show any signs of life. Once the plants have three or four leaves, they can be hardened for outdoor use.
Verbena is a common plant that grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones two through eight, so most garden centers will carry plants. Plant verbena in full sun in areas of the garden or yard that have good drainage. The plants, which should be spaced 10 to 12 inches apart, require eight to 10 hours of sunlight a day and they do not like soil that is on the dry side.