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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● VER­BENA THE beau­ti­ful peren­nial Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis is, of course, a must for its del­i­cate ‘see-through’ char­ac­ter and height with­out weight, giv­ing value to a sunny bor­der or in gravel.

None­the­less, the low-grow­ing ten­der peren­nial ver­bena, usu­ally grown as an an­nual, is also fea­tured promi­nently in bas­kets and pots.

Add or­ganic mat­ter to the soil be­fore plant­ing, dead­head reg­u­larly and wa­ter in dry weather.

Trail­ing va­ri­eties in the cas­cade se­ries have small bloom clus­ters in shades of pur­ple, blue, pink, red and white, while the tapien se­ries has larger, rounded flower clus­ters.

Try V. ‘Siss­inghurst’, which has round clus­ters of ma­gen­tapink flow­ers.

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