Garden Design


Plant of the Month

October 3, 2018 by James Cooper

In October the garden takes on a more sombre mood, when the heat and bright sunny conditions give way to cool, moist mornings and misty sunshine.  Complimenting this change of pace we have chosen the Verbena bonariensis which will provide you with a suspended cloud of purple, blue flowers.

verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Plant V. bonariensis in full sun and well-drained soil. It is fairly drought tolerant so doesn’t require watering once established (unless we get no rain) and enjoys the heat. Although it will grow acceptably in poor soil, it will thrive in fertile soils with high organic matter.

We like to team it with grasses, such as Pennisetum and perennials, Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) and Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’.  Butterflies and other insects adore this plant and add to it’s dream like qualities.  Despite it’s height, 3-6 feet, the stems are very delicate so don’t be afraid to plant it near to the edge of paths where you can enjoy it’s qualities to the full whilst still seeing the plants beyond.