How to Care for Homestead Purple Verbena

Overview

Homestead purple verbena is the perfect ground cover for a sunny garden, and will bloom from spring to the first frost. A sturdy, durable, fast-growing plant, homestead purple verbena can tolerate an occasional romp by pets or children. Although homestead purple verbena is a perennial, it can be tender in cold winter climates, and like an annual, may need to be replaced each year.

Step 1

Plant homestead purple verbena in full sunlight and well-drained soil. Allow 4 to 5 feet between each plant, as the plant is a fast-grower and will quickly fill in the empty spaces. Don't plant homestead purple verbena too close to buildings or other plants, as the plant requires good air circulation.

Step 2

Keep the soil consistently damp for the first few weeks. Once the plant has spread into the surrounding soil, provide 1 inch of water per week. Water at the base of the plant and avoid wetting the foliage as much as possible.

Step 3

Trim the plant by about 1/4 of its size if growth slows in mid-summer. Trim lightly in autumn, but don't prune excessively, as too much pruning will make the plant more susceptible to winter cold.

Step 4

Fertilize homestead purple verbena using a general-purpose liquid fertilizer in mid-to-late spring. If you trim the plant in mid-summer, the plant will benefit from another feeding at that time. Follow the instructions on the manufacturer's label.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruners
  • All-purpose liquid fertilizer

References

  • NC State University: 'Homestead Purple' Belongs in Your Homestead Garden
  • Clemson University: Verbena
Keywords: homestead purple verbena, purple verbena, ground cover

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.