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 (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 (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.
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