13 Comments

  1. Ian
    September 30, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Ideal for adding hieght to a small garden but at 6′ tall it will need supporting. I would use something natural and unobtrusive. I still want to those tall elegant stems.

  2. keely
    August 19, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Mine is 5ft. When and how much do I cut down after it flowers. I am in UK

    • Ben
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:32 am

      you can cut as much as you like…it win’t be as productive as annual flowers but you may get a second flush…

      • Sue
        August 30, 2013 @ 9:22 am

        Hi, I’m not sure what you mean about this or how you’d do it. I’m in the uk and have had VB for a few years now but haven’t cut it down as I didn’t realise it might flush again. I just usually leave it as it is throughout the winter as the dried heads look great.

    • Ian
      September 30, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

      Have been looking for thi info myself. Apparemtly it is a good idea to NOT cut it back until spring (in UK) when you start to see new growth.

  3. Ruby
    July 20, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    7/20/13 Hello Benjamin. I am a garden designer in South New Jersey, USA and use V. bonariensis allot. I have germinated hundreds and hundreds of seed with no problem, however, I had no success with germinating the seed of Verbena bonariensis. I tried three different methods and not one seed germinated. The only thing I did not try was stratification. Some say it needs it…others say no. Benjamin…obviously, from your photo above, you are successful at germinating this seed. Can you tell me what you do?

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  5. Victoria
    November 27, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    I bought my first Verbena bonariensis at the Gardeners’ World show this year. It seemed so pretty and graceful and I thought the bees might like it. I’m glad to hear she “puts herself about a bit”, so to speak, because I’d love more of it in the garden. I’ll have a go at growing under glass too, thank you for the advice :)

    • Ben
      November 28, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

      That’s a pleasure Victoria, you should be seeing some little seedlings around the base of the plant by now, so be careful with your hoe and move the little chaps to wherever you want them.
      You are right, they are very graceful…giraffe like perhaps.
      Stay tuned and thank you for posting.

  6. Jan
    November 22, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    All my self seeded ones grow exclusively on the front path, giving the postman a hard time. Just been looking at the BBC gardening blog, all about dried flowers being used in a giant garland at Cotehele-possible winter ideas for Higgledy?

    • Ben
      November 22, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

      ha! I’m locked into setting up a few cut flower gardens for private houses until Christmas…then hoping to relax a little for a few weeks before it all starts again. :)

  7. Paula
    November 21, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    I highly recommend Verbena bonariensis. Here in New England, they are “dandy”, but so distinctive they are easily spotted and weeded out if they pop up in a place where you don’t want them…. an act we rarely find necessary as they add such charm to a bed.

    • Ben
      November 21, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

      Couldn’t agree more Paula. Thx for posting all the way from Americaland. :)