How to Grow Verbena Flowers

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About Growing Verbena Plants in Your Home Flower Garden

Growing Verbena flowers is a thrill. Good looking and fragrant, easy to grow annual Verbena plants are natives of Great Britain. These drought-resistant, old-fashioned flowers, sit atop fern-like foliage. Verbena flowers are large, with brilliant blooms in several colors. Some flowers have flirty little eyes. Flowers bloom from mid-summer to fall.

Verbena looks great in flower beds, window boxes, rock gardens, and containers. Try growing them as a ground cover, too.

Flowers Bloom: Spring to Fall

Flower Colors: Shades of cream, peach, pink, purple, pink, red, rose, violet, and white.

Plant Height: Small, but luscious, most varieties of these bushy plants grow only 8-12 in. tall, spreading out two feet or more. There are a handful of larger varieties of Verbena that grow 3-4 feet.

Plant Hardiness Zones: 7 – 11


Annual Verbena Plant Propagation

Verbena is grown from seed, but do not germinate easily.  Start Verbena seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost in your area. Or, you can buy young plants at garden stores in the spring.

Note: For indoor starts, we recommend using a heated germination mat, to increase the speed of germination. And, it, results in a higher germination rate.

Final Plant Spacing: Space plants 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart and allow them to spread, filling in open areas.

Days to Germination: Seeds sprout in 14 – 28 days.

About Seed Germination

How to Grow Verbena Flower Plants

Verbenas are not a demanding plant. They grow their best in full to partial sun. 

They will grow well in average soils. However, the soil should drain well. Mix a little compost into the planting site to give the plants a good start.  

Add a general-purpose fertilizer at planting, especially if the soil is poor.

Once the plants are established, they require little care and will spread out to cover the flower bed space you allotted for them.

Verbenas are heat and drought-tolerant.

Ideal Soil pH: 5.8 – 7.2.

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Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.

Insects and Plant Disease

Insect and disease problems are not too common. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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