How, Where, and Why To Plant Annual Verbenas

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
The Verbena.  My favorite annual.  Snipping the blossoms off when they look like this, and watering with Miracle Gro is all these beautiful, hardy plants need. (and sunshine too)

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How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
If I have a lot of blossoms to deadhead, I pinch them off between by thumbnail and finger, instead of using my Fiskars Snip.


How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
This hanging, whitewashed, stenciled bucket planter was planted with three annuals, purchased in 4" pots.  


How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
Most of the red flowers in this photo are Verbenas. Other red annuals in this bed include red hanging Petunias and zonal Geraniums.

Other annuals in this flower bed include white Wax Begonias in the four corners, Diamond Frost Euphorbia, white Lobelia, white Verbena, and Scaveola (not in bloom yet.)

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
I also use Verbenas as a front of the border plant in the garden!

Verbena stays in bloom all summer here in Minnesota, and spreads nicely along the ground to fill in.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
I purchased a few annual combos this year too. Our local Menard's sells combos in a larger container for about $7. 

This combo included a white Verbena and a red Petunia.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
I purchased this bicolor Verbena variety to plant in one of my buckets.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
Verbenas are a perfect fit for my Farmhouse Barn Door Planter.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
The versatile Verbena in a junky window frame planter.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
One of my bucket planters from the garden archives featuring a red Verbena, a Snow Princess Alyssum, and Golden Creeping Jenny.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
Pastel colored Verbenas in a metal teapot on a stepladder.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
Another combo planter in a large bucket.  Petunias, Alyssum and Verbenas.

   Since most of the water and fertilizer runs right through the holes in the bottom, I water my container planters with weak Miracle Gro almost every time I water.  I got this "tip" from a greenhouse owner years ago.  

I add 1/2 to one spoonful of powdered Miracle Gro to a 2 gallon plastic watering can.  Deadheading and weak Miracle Gro will keep your annuals lush and blooming all summer long.

I use weak fertilizer on my garden bed annuals about once per week.  I water first with the hose (to save time and watering can filling), and then just give each annual a little drink of fertilizer water with the watering can.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
 Moss Verbena in an enamelware pot.  Moss Verbena have finer, open leaves.

This photo is from my garden archives.  Moss Verbena is becoming difficult to find at the greenhouses.

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
Who else loves the Verbena?

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2 comments

  1. I love verbena,too! Mine don't look as pretty as yours. Thanks for the Miracle-gro tip. I will try it!

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  2. Your flowers are beauiful, Carlene, and I do exactly the same as you. Give the pots a diluted mix of Miracle Gro once a week. I love verbena too, and have some in pots with white petunias and white geraniums. I need more!!! I find it needs a drink of water a couple times a day on our deck, especially when the weather stays hot for days on end. They are worth the work, though.

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