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.
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.
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.
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.
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.