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Vibrant Verbenas

6 March 2011 No Comment

Verbenas are one of those bedding plants that offer gardeners the best of both worlds – not only do they offer masses of blooms for months on end, they are also very tough, thriving in those hot, sunny areas that leave many others wilting.

Most verbenas are perennial by nature, but most gardeners’ treat them as an annual, replanting each spring for colour right through to the first frosts.

Generally verbenas are quite low growing, but taller varieties can be found.

Flowers can be mauve, purple, white, pink, apricot or red, with some of the modern hybrids even being bi-coloured.

The trailing types work very well in hanging baskets and pots although they also look good in rock gardens or as an edging to pathways.

All you need to do to ensure that they are happy and full of flowers is to water them well while they establish themselves (thereafter only water when the soil is dry) and deadhead any spent blooms.

Information supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association. Go to www.lifeisagarden.co.za for more.

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