How to Grow and Care For Verbena

Succesful Growing Tips of the Growth and Care of Verbena

Verbena flowering plants

A plant that will add to the overall flavor of your garden and landscape design is the verbena, this garden beauty can make it happen by taking your garden to the next level. Verbenas are popular among landscape designers and are used to create that garden oasis.

The flower of the verbena sits atop the stem perfectly arranged in bright stunning colors which makes this garden beauty a show stopper.

These colors range from red, yellow, pink, white, purple, and multi-color which blooms from early summer to fall so for more on the verbena flowering plant let’s take a closer look.

Planting Location

The verbena is a tough or hardy plant that loves the full sun so look for a location that can give your verbenas 8 hours of sunlight.

Soil Type

The soil type for the verbena should be a good loamy soil that has good drainage with a ph of 5.8-6.2.

Watering Methods

Allowing the soil to dry out a bit between watering will keep your verbena growing healthy.

Fertilizing Methods

The use of balanced slow-release fertilizer once a month during the growing season is adequate to keep verbena growing their best.

Garden insect pests of verbenas

Keeping an eye out for these garden pests will keep your verbena growing healthy, these garden pests include

  • Aphids
  • Thrips
  • Spider Mites
  • Slugs
  • Snails

Garden insect pests

Aphids, thrips, and spider mites are garden insect pests that cause much damage by using their piercing-sucking mouthparts to pierce the plant’s tissues sucking the fluids causing injury. To bring these garden insect pests under control the use of insecticidal soap or horticultural oil has proven to be of benefit.

Garden Pests

Slugs and Snails can also do damage by eating the tender plant parts, control measures such as handpicking or the use of snail bait will help. Eggshells have proven to work wonders and offer many benefits.

Diseases of verbenas

Diseases such as leaf spot and powdery mildew can cause serious damage to plant life, for more on these diseases let’s have a look below.

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a white powdery looking substance that forms on the leave’s surface, control this disease by watering plants early in the morning so that the leaves can have time to dry, applying baking soda to the plant’s leaves will offer some help also fungicide labeled to treat powdery mildew will help.

Leaf Spot

Water your verbena from the soil level, overhead irrigation, or wetting the leaves is the cause of this disease. The use of a fungicide label for leaf spot will offer some help.

Deadheading Verbenas

A great way to keep your verbenas blooming during the growing season is to deadhead spent or faded flowers, besides causing your verbena to be fuller with healthy bloom deadheading will also have your garden and landscape clean and neat.

Container grown verbena

These garden beauties can also be grown in containers, what you will need is a container that has drain holes to allow water to find a way of escape because if the container does not have drain holes can lead to root rot.

The soil should be as discussed above, water and fertilize as discussed above also along with keeping an eye out for disease and garden pests. When watering your verbena water at the ground or soil level prevents the leaves from getting wet which will encourage fungal disease.

Ideas on where to install verbenas

Here are just a few ideas where to install verbenas

1. These garden beauties can be planted in masses in a plant bed.

2. Use them as front drop-in garden plant beds.

3. Install them along a garden walking pathway.

4. What about installing verbenas alongside a fenced area?

5. Alongside a wall would do great.

6. Plant them on either side of your main door entrance.

7. Install them in containers and place the containers on your porch or patio.

Additional Information

1. Verbena is used for medical uses.

2. Verbena can be used in a wildlife garden to attract butterflies.

3. Verbena produces a fragrance.

4. These garden beauties are deer-resistant

5. Attracts beneficial insects

6. Verbena can also withstand the drought.

The final word

Verbenas are beautiful garden plants that can work wonders, These garden beauties serve so many purposes from beautifying, medical uses to using in a wildlife garden to attract butterflies and beneficial insects. So after what has been said about the verbena excites you then it’s time to pull out those garden tools and connect with nature by giving nature a helping hand enhancing your garden and landscapes.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

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