Very visible verbenas

2015-08-12 06:00
Verbenas are hardy and need little attention.

Verbenas are hardy and need little attention.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

IT is known as a hardy and attractive garden flower but in ancient times the verbena legend had it hat it was used to control the follow of blood out of Jesusand#039; wound when He was removed from the cross and became known as the and#034;Holy Herband#034; and and#034;Deviland#039;s Baneand#034;.

With the Greeks dedicating this bloom to Eos Erigineia, the Titan goddess of the dawn, and ancient Egyptians calling the plant and#034;Tears of Isisand#034;, itand#039;s easy to see how revered verbenas were back in the olden days.

Now the verbena is regarded as a must for the garden as they are prolific bloomers which require only little pampering and are hard as nails, in other words they are one of the hardiest annuals around, surviving easily in the dusty and sweltering sun-beaten spots that usually just remain barren in gardens throughout the year.

Most of the 250, or thereabout, verbena species come from the Americas while some originate from Europe. For a long-lasting colour spectacle every year itand#039;s best to plant them in early spring, and theyand#039;ll reward your previously bare patch with colour right up until the first frosts. Verbenas have been known to “pretend”, to be perennials and survive the winter to continue flowering for their second year, but their true annual colours show in their ability to deliver only about half the amount offered in the first year.

Four tips:

• Plant verbenas in a well-composted bed and when theyand#039;ve reached a height of about 15cm, give them a once-off dose of slow-releasing fertiliser.

• While theyand#039;re settling themselves in, water regularly until you can see theyand#039;re healthy, happy and growing well. After that, it is important to only water them when the top layer of soil, at least one centimetre deep, has dried out.

• Being sun-thirsty plants, verbenas need as much direct sunlight as their leaves can lay their surface area on, every day. Ideally between eight and 10 hours will be perfect. This not only makes them happy, but will prevent any kind of disease possibilities, like powdery mildew.

• Deadhead your spent blooms. Itand#039;s not a mammoth task and will make sure they offer non-stop flowering. If you notice theyand#039;ve stopped flowering and itand#039;s because you forgot, donand#039;t worry, just clip off the top of the stems and theyand#039;ll be blooming again in a couple of weeks. Theyand#039;re forgiving like that. - Bedding Plant Growers Association. For more information, go to www.lifeisa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.