How to Grow Verbena

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Growing verbena plants requires planting seeds every spring and providing full, hot sun and good drainage. Use verbena as border plants in a garden with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow Verbena. It's a beautiful fragrant plant that makes a beautiful, beautiful border plant in your garden and it's native to many parts of the world. So there's many different types of Verbenas and there's the Verbena Officinalis, or Vervain, or the common Verbena is actually native to Europe, and it's annual, and sometimes a bi-annal, biennial 'cause it doesn't always bloom the first year, and it has branch stems up to three foot high, and they're hearty to zones, down to zone four, so zones four to ten. So it's a beautiful plant, but there's also Verbenas that are from South America that are not quite as hearty. For example, the Verbena bonariensis is a South American perennial and it's often grown as an annual and it gets much taller than thee other varieties and it's only hearty down to zone seven, so it can only handle a little bit of a frost. And you start it by seed, every spring. It's a really easy plant. Now the rose Verbena, or the Creeping Vervain, also known as Verbena canadensis, is native to the eastern part of North America, so it's much heartier than the South American variety and it can go all the way down to zones five to ten, and it has dark purplish pink flours that bloom summer through fall that smell really good. It's really a neat plant for the garden. So Verbenas like full, hot sun and good drainage and you can start 'em by seed in the spring, and whether you treat 'em as an annual if you live in a colder climate, or a perennial if you live in a warmer climate, they're a great, really beautiful edition to your garden.