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Falling for Verbena Bonariensis

October 11th, 2018

I remember the first time I noticed verbena bonariensis, it was in the Nearing garden at The Good Life Center in Maine. It was stunning in the late October garden.



I bought seeds and tried growing in my Ohio garden, which it didn’t really like it. Then I remembered this beautiful and beneficial plant a few years ago. I started seed and it grew beautifully, providing a much needed late food source for pollinators.


I no longer have to start seed, seedlings pop up around the main garden in June. These are transplanted all around the garden, every year I grow more and more. At the moment, the monarchs are loving them. Next year I’m thinking of doing a mass planting of this beauty surrounded by lamb’s ears. The two colors and textures should work beautifully together.

What flowers are you loving right now?

2 Comments to “Falling for Verbena Bonariensis”
  1. Karen on October 14, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I’ve had my eye on verbena for a while, but I have never seen it grown here in Spain, so I am a bit leary of another fail. Right now, my new fave is gaura, a very tough and long-flowering plant in my climate.

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  2. Patricia Tawney on October 14, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I’m new to your site, was looking for verbena recipes. This site is lovely. I’m in Oregon where today it’s 70 degrees and a warm, really warm east wind is blowing. I’m loving my late blooming lavender right now. It was done, but the Weather is so weirdly warm and dry that they are up and blooming again. Frankly We are all very worried about how nice, it is. It should be raining, but it’s dry and the forecast is for another week of dry. Our cedars need rain.

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