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Plants Similar to Verbena

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017
Lantana in bloom.
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Verbena (Verbena x hybrida) is an annual or perennial flower, depending upon the variety, with a clustering bloom that contains five-lobed flowers. Growing 6 to 12 inches tall, verbena has a scrambling, trailing habit. Drought-tolerant, verbena flowers have a contrasting “eye” in the center of each tiny flower. Emerging in late spring to early fall, verbena flowers grow in a wide range of colors--including, blue, purple and white. The USDA Hardiness Zones for planting are 6 to 10.

Pink Caprice Lantana

Pink caprice lantana (Lantana camara 'Pink Caprice') is an evergreen perennial flower that, similar to verbena, has the cluster-like and colorful flowerheads. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, pink caprice lantana has an aggressive growth rate and fragrant foliage. The yellow-to-pale-pink blooms attract butterflies to create the quintessential garden feel. Emerging from late spring to frost, pink caprice lantana is ideal planted in containers to spill over or nestled along a perennial bed. Pink caprice lantana has dark green leaves that remain vibrant throughout the year, including winter. Pink caprice requires full sun only and well-drained, moist soils to thrive. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 11.

Primrose

Primrose (Primula x polyantha) is a perennial flower with clustering blooms that have contrasting “eyes” within each bloom, similar to verbena. Growing 6 to 12 inches tall, primrose flowers grow in a rainbow of colors--including, red, yellow, blue and purple. Tucked into containers or within a window box, primrose flowers creating a striking garden display. Spring-blooming, primrose or primula meaning “first,” are one of the first flowers to bloom in the garden, as their name suggests. Primrose blooms require part shade and moist, nutrient-rich soil that is cool. The zones for planting are 3 to 8.

Candytuft

Candytuft (Iberis amara) is an annual flower with masses of clustering blooms that resemble the ever-lovely verbena flower. The four-petaled flowers are fragrant and grow in a wide range of colors--including, pink, red, lilac and white. Growing 12 to 18 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide, candytuft is ideal planted along a garden wall or cascading over containers. Candytuft blooms in late spring to early summer to light up the garden with low-growing color. Candytuft requires full sun and well-drained, moist soil that is neural to alkaline in nature. This plant is hardy in all zones.

 

About the Author

 

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.