Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Verbena

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With the hot summer weather FINALLY arriving, our annuals at The Arboretum are starting to really pop!  Have you found a favorite annual in the Display Gardens, Enabling Gardens or Community Gardens?  Both are jam-packed with color and I have enjoyed watching them mature over the season.

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One of my favorite annuals of the summer has been the white verbena (Verbena x hybrida) growing in the raised beds of the Enabling Garden.  This no-fuss annual has provided color all summer with very little deadheading and will probably bloom through the fall.  You can also find varieties in shades of pink, purple and red.  Verbena thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.

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Verbena bonariensis, or Brazilian Verbena, is in the same family but has a very different growth habit.  This taller verbena is bright purple with very delicate flowers that can provide an airy feel in your garden.  Brazilian Verbena is considered an annual, but will often reseed from year to year (sometimes good or bad, depending on the space!).  To see up-close, check out the Brazilian Verbena growing in the flowerbed just north of the parking lot.

See you in the gardens.

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Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

August 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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