These showy perennials bear clusters of small, tubular, five-petaled flowers, usually in summer. Most are fast-growing groundcovers, good in parking strips, along driveways, and on dry banks; also attractive in wall crevices and hanging baskets. Best in hot weather. Need good air circulation (to avoid mildew) and well-drained soil, especially in winter. Many are treated as annuals. There are many hybrid groups, which often confuses the botany.Verbena hybrids
Short-lived perennials in Zones 8–24, H1, H2; often treated as an annual in all zones. Many-branched plant to 6–12 in. high and 1/2–3 ft. wide. Oblong, 2–4-in., bright green or gray-green leaves with toothed margins. Flowers in flat, compact clusters to 3 in. wide. Colors include white, pink, red, purple, blue, and combinations.
Discovered in an Atlanta, Georgia, garden, this is an heirloom hybrid between Verbena canadensis and an unknown species. Grows 1–2 ft. tall and 2–3 ft. wide, with dark green leaves and deep purple flowers. Resistant to mildew. Often treated an annual in all zones.‘Tapien’
Prostrate plants to 4 in. high and 1–1 1/2 ft. wide, with finely cut dark green leaves. Wide range of colors, including pink, lavender, pale blue, deep purple, and red. Resistant to mildew. Often treated as an annual.‘Temari’
Low, spreading plants to 3 in. high and 2 1/2 ft. wide. Broad dark green leaves. Bright pink, burgundy, or violet flowers. Often treated as an annual.
Native to eastern China and Japan. Generally narrow and upright; grows to 15–50 ft. tall and 6&n...
Short-lived perennials in Zones 8–24, H1, H2; often treated as an annual in all zones. Many-bran...
Prostrate plants to 4 in. high and 1–1 1/2 ft. wide, with finely cut dark green leaves. Wide ran...