November 22, 2017

Viva la Verbena!

Verbena 'Apricot'

Janine Pineo Photo | Verbena ‘Apricot’

The six-pack of Verbena ‘Apricot’ at the greenhouse gave a hint of what was to come. The little clusters of apricot- and salmon-hued flowers looked charming after a winter of brown and gray. But a couple of months later, the plant was stunning, covered in huge flower clusters that draped about the pot’s edges. Verbena is a hassle-free plant, requiring only the occasional deadheading to keep blooming steadily through the growing season. If you do use it in pots, some fertilizing will be necessary around midseason to keep the plant thriving. But they also make a good groundcover, where they can spread out and fill in. Verbena hybrids such as ‘Apricot’ can reach 6 to 10 inches in height, but they are not winter hardy in Maine. The good news is that they are easy to grow from seed or you can readily find them at many greenhouses since they are a staple of the gardening trade.