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Verbena bonansieris

CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 615

Apologies for spelling! I have some of these growing in front garden and noticed a couple of the flowering shoots had got stuck under the window sil and sort of deformed. I have cut these back as they were dying off. Rest of plant is very healthy but will it flower again? Not sure this one is on the Chelsea chop list! image


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,955

    Yes. In a word image

    If the bits you cut off were viable, you can use them as cuttings. Prepare the usual way cut below a joint, remove lower leaves ) gritty compost, shove 'em in. They root easily, but it will depend on whether the pieces were any start with. 

    You can do that anyway, rather then relying on them seeding, if you want more plants image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    My wife loves Verbena bonariensis ; unfortunately it has become a bit of weed in my garden . My soil is very free-draining ; seemingly ideal for this species .

  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 615

    Thank you both for your replies.  Thats a good idea Fairy -  I haven't tried to take cuttings of them before as usually the self seeding is good enough but I would like to get into more of that side of gardening as the garden centres can be so expensive.  At one point I had a whole swathe of them in a very narrow driveway border and they looked stunning.  As usual i was always too late popping a string support around them and the late summer wind and rain would almost flatten them!  I try to 'encourage' them to stay at the back of the border now! 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,955

    They're easy at this time of year Copperdog. A few in a four or five inch pot, round the edge. Tuck them somewhere quiet, and pretty much forget about them. They root quickly and you'd be able to pot on into a bigger pot by late summer. 

    You could probably do them earlier in the year than I would do them up here too. In fact, I might do some myself!   image

    You're right about prices - never fails to amaze me the price they charge for it. I saw a pot (about 2 litre size)  of it for about 7 quid a few years ago. The 'trendiness' of plants encourages that too!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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