Butterfly argyranthemum makes a stunning
complementary combination with the EnduraScape
seems as though the gurus of landscape color have been
awakened this year to the old-fashioned verbena. While
the term old-fashioned might justify with the flower we
know as verbena, itís a relatively new variety called
EnduraScape that is causing all the fuss.
EnduraScape series has been out for about 4 years and
now boast 10 colors. They have been winning trials and
living up to the claim of both heat and cold tolerance.
In other words, give it a good home with soil
preparation and there is a great chance youíll be
enjoying this verbena for a few years.
EnduraScape Pink-bicolor was chosen as an All-America
Selections Winner in 2017. EnduraScape Hot Pink was the
winner at Colorado State University Trials and the
EnduraScape Red and EnduraScape White Blush have both
been included in the Southern Living Plant Collection.
if you donít want it as a perennial youíll love it
as a summer annual that doesnít shut down in the heat.
Youíll bring out the camera as the blooms gracefully
tumble over the edge in mixed containers, window boxes
or cascade over walls all the while bringing in
pollinators. You have to admit thatís pretty special.
longer do we think of the verbena as being a powdery
mildew, insect-infested flower in the garden thanks to
the EnduraScape series. Proper soil preparation and site
selection are essential for your verbena success. Add 3
to 4 inches of organic matter and till it to a depth of
8 to 10 inches. While doing this, spread 2 pounds per
100 square feet of a slow release fertilizer. This will
help jumpstart your new transplants. Finish your bed
preparation by adding a good layer of mulch after
full sunlight, water and you are well on your way to
enjoying one of the prettiest groups of flowers
available. But there is one more important aspect to
happiness with verbenas. These are vigorous plants that
spread exceptionally well blooming for weeks and weeks.
If they have reached their allotted space or ever
perhaps look a little tired, donít be afraid to cut
back and side dress with a little fertilizer. They will
reward you with new growth and more blooms than you ever
imagined as you head into the fall season.
mentioned they are unbeatable in mixed containers. Use
them as spiller plants and combine with pockets of
colorful foliage. I have a couple of large bowls where
South Pacific Sipper hibiscus is the thriller plant and
combined with the dark blue-violet verbena and
Goldilocks creeping Jenny. In containers that you water
daily during the summer, it will be important to
frequently apply a dilute water-soluble fertilizer.
10 colors there is sure to be one to fit your color
palette. Iíll be honest I am partial to the blue
selections and even the dark purple that seem to have a
touch of blue. You can create dazzling complementary
combinations by partnering with yellow flowers. Recently
I had to stop the car to photograph a stunning
partnership with the Golden Butterfly argyranthemum or
matter your favorite color you will find that like their
cousin the lantana, the EnduraScape verbenas will be
feasted on regularly by swallowtail, monarch and
fritillary butterflies that make the garden even more