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Verbena is a spreading plant ideal for cascading over retaining walls, pots, baskets, and window boxes. As log as the soil is extremely well drained, verbena will reward gardeners with countless clusters of small blooms all season.
It's fairly drought-tolerant, making it a great choice for hanging baskets, rock gardens, planting in cracks between stones, and other tight places. One annual verbena, 'Imagination', is a standout for taking the hottest, driest conditions. It will even do well in a clay strawberry pot!
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Aztec Red verbena
(Verbena 'Aztec Red Velvet') offers rich red flowers with a creamy center on spreading plant to 12 inches.
Babylon White verbena
(Verbena 'Babylon White') bears pure white flowers on a trailing plant. It's more disease resistant than many other verbenas.
Fuego Dark Violet verbena
(Verbena 'Fuego Dark Violet') is a vigorous selection with large clusters of rich violet-purple flowers and excellent heat tolerance.
Fuego Pink verbena
(Verbena 'Fuego Pink') offers rich pink flowers on a vigorous spreading plant.
Fuego Red verbena
(Verbena 'Fuego Pink') is a fast-growing variety that shows off big clusters of brilliant red flowers.
(Verbena tenuisecta 'Imagination') is a popular deep violet-purple variety that grows 8-12 inches tall and spreads beautifully in hanging baskets.
Lanai Lavender Star verbena
(Lanai Lavender StarVerbena) bears clusters of lavender-purple flowers striped in white. It grows 10 inches tall and 24 inches wide.
Lascar Burgundy verbena
(Verbena 'Lascar Burgundy') is a mounding plant with medium-size flowers and rich burgundy-red flowers.
Peaches and Cream verbena
(Verbena x hybrida 'Peaches and Cream') is a showstopper with peach-and-creamy-white blooms. Plants are 8-10 inches tall and spread 12 inches.
Quartz Purple verbena
(Verbena 'Quartz Purple') bears rich purple flowers on an upright, compact plant to 8 inches.
Quartz Silver verbena
(Verbena 'Quartz Silver') is a compact, upright variety with white flowers flushed with silvery-lavender. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.
Summer Snow verbena
(Verbena 'Summer Snow') is a trailing selection to 10 inches with pure white blooms.
Superbena Burgundy verbena
(Superbena Burgundy Verbena) is a vigorous selection that bears rich burgundy flowers from spring to fall. It grows 12 inches tall and can spread 4 feet across as a groundcover. It will trail over the sides of a container or hanging basket.
Superbena Large Lilac Blue verbena
(Superbena Large Lilac Blue Verbena) is a vigorous selection with good disease resistance that bears large lilac-blue flowers. It grows 12 inches tall and can spread 4 feet across as a groundcover. It will trail over the sides of a container or hanging basket.
Superbena Pink Parfait verbena
(Superbena Pink Parfait Verbena) shows off wonderful soft-pink flowers over fuzzy, disease-resistant foliage. It grows 12 inches tall and 48 inches across.
Temari Bright Pink verbena
(Verbena 'Temari Bright Pink') is a tailing selection with soft pink flowers that bear tiny white eyes. It trails to 1 foot.
Temari Patio Red verbena
(Verbena 'Temari Patio Red') offers bright red flowers on mounding plants to 14 inches tall.
Tropical Breeze Red and White verbena
(Verbena 'Tropical Breeze Red and White') offers good resistance to powdery mildew and shows off white flowers liberally streaked in red.
Tukana Scarlet Star verbena
(Verbena 'Tukana Scarlet Star') features large bright red flowers with a sparkling white eye. It's heat tolerant and flowers all summer, growing 8 inches tall and 24 inches wide.
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