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Verbena rigida is the small and more densely flowery version of verbena which flowers for four or five months at a stretch.

I first came across this planted in the rose garden at Sissinghurst – where it is planted in wide drifts – and now love its bright purple flowers which go on and on and on. Highly recommended.

Genus Verbena
Variety rigida
Type Short-lived Perennial (grown as a Hardy Annual)
Common Name Slender vervain, Hardy Garden Verbena
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 30-40cm (12-16in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in mid spring. Cover lightly. Seeds need darkness, so cover until germination occurs, watering sparingly until germination. Plant out after last frosts or in autumn. Can be direct sown in early May.
Care Tips Mulch in winter for protection. This can be grown in a container pot.
Flowering July - October, 4-5 months from early sowing
Vase Life 9 days. Sear the stem ends in water to decrease petal drop once cut.
Harvesting Flower production: 4-5 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Reviewed 8th October 2016 by Janice

Grew from seed indoors and planted out with some apricot begonias in pots. Very happy with results and plan to use them around the garden next year. October now and still holding up.