Wee Jean fae Aiberdeen

Hi I have two verbena tall plants,that have flowered so lovely,

but would like to know,if i should cut them down now,or let

leaves die first,also are they hardy enough to stand our

scottish winters

                           thanks Jean



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,892

    I doubt they'll survive up there.

    Collect seed and sow in spring for next year.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,234

    You could cut them down and pot them up to keep in a porch or conservatory,

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • thanks fidgetbones for prompt answer,

    isee i will have to nurse them or loose them

  • thanks Lyn i will do that .

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,199

    The seed is winter hardy (and we get some very low temps, the coldest recorded in England was not far from here). So if you leave a plant to self seed, you  will almost certainly get smoe new plants next Spring, probably far more than you want!

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,719

    I would echo that - I planted one ages ago, and now have seedlings galore every year without having to do anything.  Having said that, it is pretty easy to weed out the ones in the wrong place, they are pretty well behaved.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,332

    I too have hard winters but seed survive so I get surprise verbenas popping up.  Haven't had to relocate or dig up any yet as they are, effectively, transparent so look well almost anywhere.   This year I shall watch for the seeds being ripe and then shake the seed heads where I think I could do with more.

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  • LiznessLizness Posts: 79

    In North East England unusual to get them through the winter. Don't find seedlings either (this is in a nursery with quite a few plants) sants. Made it through last year but not a cold winter in comparison to norml winter but took a long time to get away.

  • I planted 4 plants last year & 3 survived. I put a heap of compost on top, having cut them down after flowering but they're in a sheltered position. They're still flowering just now but doubt if this winter will be as mild as last!!image

    I also had 1 in a pot which wintered in the garage & was ok.

    Aren't there a lot of "Jeans" on here??!!image

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