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Plants that go well with verbena?

Any suggestions or recommendations for plants that go nicely with verbena? Ideally I'd like something perennials that I could buy now and will give me a decent display this year...If it's attractive to bees and butterflies, even better!! All thoughts welcomed :)


  • FireFire LondonPosts: 6,446
    Verbena bonariensis?
  • Yes, sorry! 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 6,446
    In a bed, a container, full sun?
  • In a bed, full sun - clay soil as is typical of Essex, but I have treated it very well with compost and top soil over the years so it's not toooo heavy!
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,946
    They grow quite wild here, pop up everywhere, I like to just leave them where they are and they look good with whatever is around them. They are tall so poke up above other plants. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 31,042
    Grasses/Phormiums work well with them, but if you don't like those, some of the 'prairie planting' perennials are good. Heleniums, Asters etc. There are lots of those daisy flowered plants. 
    I have them at the back of borders [ if they make it through the winters, which they don't alwasy manage] and they work fine with lots of different styles of planting. I have mainly shrubs, grassses and things like lilies and clematis in the same beds as them. They're very adaptable   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,684
    I had some 2yr old Bishops Children dahlia tubers that were deep orange and V.bon sprang up amongst them. The combination especially in the evening was iridescent 
    They were backed by equally tall pale pink cosmos which also went very well
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,946
    Sounds nice Pete, Nature matches her own. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 5,306
    That sounds a gorgeous combination Pete.
  • Thank you everyone, love the ideas! The Bishops Dahlias sound fab Pete - love the idea of that contrast in colour. I'm also a huge fan of white flowers so might add in the odd Aster here and there too. I love grasses but haven't ever had much luck with them in my garden for some reason. Thanks all for your suggestions.... I'll send pics later in the summer! 
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