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Re: At the lake

Message from Simon Hickmott

In forum: Identify a plant

Verbena bonariensis.

  • Posted: Mon. 27th September 2021 19:58

Re: Ground cover plant below Etoile de Hollande

Message from Carol

In forum: Container gardening

I was out in the garden today and wondered about underplanting with Verbena bonariensis, and something else that is lower - maybe even yellow coreopsis. It depends what effect you want. But V.bonariensis would give you a cloud of purple at 4-6 feet and then you can have whatever colour you like at its feet. It doesn't make very substantial or demanding roots as it is quite a small mass of plant for its height. What do you think?

  • Posted: Mon. 22nd October 2018 16:13

Re: Can anyone identify this?

Message from Nicola

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi Jim, I think that might be Verbena bonariensis (Purple top). I hope that helps? Cheers, Nicola

  • Posted: Mon. 25th September 2017 14:15

I have a very tall plant, which is about 7 ft tall, when the blooms die off, can I cut it down to a sensible height or will this kill it?

Question from Mrs Lorna Dyter

In forum: Verbena bonariensis

I have a very tall plant of verbena bonariensis, which is about 7 ft+ tall, when the blooms die off, can I cut it down to a sensible height or will this kill it?

  • Posted: Fri. 19th August 2016 11:28

Re: Have I lost my Verbena bonariensis this year?

Message from Pam Beale

In forum: Verbena bonariensis

Just found this on here as I cut down my Verbena last year and there is no sign of leaves or growth at all yet! Was trying to find some advice. Did yours recover in the end?

  • Posted: Tue. 17th May 2016 12:56

Re: Have I lost my Verbena bonariensis this year?

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Verbena bonariensis

Hi, Gilly,
Verbena bonariensis is not a heavy feeder so feeding more than once or twice a year is more than adequate. It needs full sun and should be hardy in Sheffield, given it has adequate drainage, particularly in winter. If too wet and not enough sun, it will not do well. Any chance you could post a photo?
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 10th June 2015 18:23

Have I lost my Verbena bonariensis this year?

Question from Gilly Burgess

In forum: Verbena bonariensis

Hi - I had a beautiful Verbena bonariensis last year and cut it back quite hard after flowering. We are now in May and I only have a very few new leaves appearing from the old stump despite regular feeding etc. Did I overdo it or is it just being a slowcoach? I live in Sheffield but have a sheltered garden. Please advise? I'm worrying about it!!

  • Posted: Thu. 28th May 2015 07:57

Ellicar Gardens opens for NGS on 21 September

General post from Jane Southcott

In forum: Events & Gardens to visit

Ellicar Gardens, near Doncaster, famous for its award winning natural swimming pool and recently voted 2nd place in the English Garden Magazine’s ‘Gardener’s Garden’ award, opens its gates to the public on Sunday 21 September, from 1-5pm to raise money for the National Garden Scheme’s caring charities.

Owner’s Will (horticulturalist) and Sarah Murch (garden designer) both say this 5 acre, naturalistic garden is looking at its best this time of year- its sweeping borders overflowing with beautiful grasses and vibrant late perennials.

New this year is a perennial flower meadow, weaving a tapestry of new perennials and grasses around the natural swimming pool- creating a lovely new place to sit and relax by the water.

A recently sown late season wildflower meadow is flowering for the first time and the gravel garden is awash with self-sown verbena bonariensis attracting butterflies. Ellicar Gardens supports a wealth of wildlife- with bumblebees feasting on the late flowers and iridescent dragonflies still skimming the natural pool surface - there is plenty for wildlife enthusiasts to explore here.

Children will enjoy discovering the vibrant school garden and willow maze and the chance to meet an array of friendly rare breed pets including golden Guernsey goats and kids, dewlap geese, a kune kune pig and ponies.

Those seeking refreshments can sit and relax in the gardens enjoying delicious teas and home baked cakes.

Plant Sales include unusual grasses and perennials.
A great day out for families, garden and wildlife lovers.

  • Posted: Tue. 9th September 2014 16:11

Re: Re: Re: Re: Help identify this purple flower

Message from Nicola

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi Jevena, Glad you got some help from our Professional members. For more information about Verbena bonariensis please add it to your 'Plants I have' list in Shoot. Cheers Nicola p.s. hope you are enjoying the site too


  • Posted: Mon. 11th November 2013 12:15

Re: Help identify this purple flower

Message from Clockhouse Nursery

In forum: Identify a plant

If it flowers at around 5-6ft then it is verbena bonariensis, if it flowers at 3-4ft then it could be verbena bonariensis "Buenos Aries". Both are essentially the same apart from the latter being slightly more compact. Flowers remain in colour even when they die and fall off. It will re-seed everywhere. Great for middle to back of borders, just remember to weed out un-wanted strays.

  • Posted: Mon. 11th November 2013 11:05

Re: Help identify this purple flower

Message from Jacksons Nurseries

In forum: Identify a plant

Verbena bonariensis?

  • Posted: Mon. 11th November 2013 10:49

Re: Wildflower meadow turf

Message from Edward Mueller

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Turf sounds like pre-made grass to me. Wildflower mixes are great, but they tend to contain both clover and grass seed which can be invasive and hard to control. maybe you can find a mix without them, flowers only. Or, find the wonderful book on Wildlife Gardening by the Lavelle(s). It gives detailed advice on flowers and shrubs that are good for wildlife. Be sure to include the tall Verbena bonariensis, which can be grown from seed, flowers all summer, and is great for butterflies. I photographed Swallowtail on it this year in my garden near here in Italy.

  • Posted: Sun. 11th August 2013 08:55

Re: Good Garden Plants

Message from Ashleigh McMinn

In forum: My Favourite Plant

Clematis 'Niobe' easy, beautiful and long blooming, Verbena bonariensis, Linaria 'Canon Went' also Erysium 'Bowles Mauve' I've had it flowering into December, it gets woody after a couple of years but it's so easy to root from cuttings. I have a small garden so I'm always looking for hardy long flowering perennials. Which do you recommend?

  • Posted: Mon. 1st July 2013 21:51

Cutting back

Question from Kevin

In forum: Verbena bonariensis

Re: Purple top (Verbena bonariensis) - my instructions state that they
should be 'cut down' once flowering has finished.

Last summer i didn't prune/cut back/dead head at all.

So this spring they looked a bit of a sorry state!

This week at last I 'dead headed' them, removed some dead leaves and cut
back the tall stems but only to remove broken parts of stems or obviously
'dead' parts - I didnt cut down right to the base.

They still look a bit of a mess but there is now new growth appearing both
in form of completely new stems AND new branches from the existing stems
left over from last year.

The question is in an ideal world, going back to last summer when
flowering had finished, should i have cut ALL stems down right to the base
- hence starting anew this spring. Would that achieve better results in
the long term or would that have been over doing it?

  • Posted: Mon. 16th April 2012 18:00

Re: Verbena bonariensis

Message from Ann Brooks

In forum: Verbena bonariensis

I am new to gardening and planted up two verbena Bonariensis this June which have both done beautifully well. I had no idea that they would grow so tall or that the flowers would last through to the very first hard frosts. They have been a total joy to have in the garden.The trouble is I'm not sure now what to do to look after them properly through the winter months. Should I cut them back and if so when and by how much?

  • Posted: Tue. 30th November 2010 21:26


Question from Greenman

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Hi all this is my first post, and I was wondering if any of you had seen any paintedlady butterflies in your garden. Last year I had many sightings of them on Dames violet and Verbena bonariensis.So far this year I havn't seen any,was it the severe winter I wonder. Although I think they breed in the Med and fly here for the summer. does anyone have any further info I would be interested. they are my favourite butterflies

  • Posted: Mon. 26th July 2010 07:28

There appears to be two plants in the picture

Message from Georgie

In forum: Identify a plant

The one in the foreground (green narrow leaves, square stem) looks like Verbena Bonariensis. It's a lovely plant but yours appears to have got powdery mildew suggesting that it's dry at the roots.

I can't make out the pink flowering plant in the background I'm afraid but it looks a bit like one of the willow herbs, which many people consider a weed.


  • Posted: Sun. 19th July 2009 20:26

Beekeeping in my garden?

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Worried about the plight of bees in the UK? Why not consider beekeeping. According to the British Beekeepers Association all you need to keep bees is to be reasonably fit, have somewhere to keep them, and be able to understand the basics.

First Steps in Beekeeping - a Beginners Guide

Too much for you? You can also grow plants that bees love, such as:

runner beans
verbena bonariensis

Spring flowers:

autumn flowers:
Michaelmas daisies

  • Posted: Mon. 29th June 2009 08:45

Winter wipeout

Message from Georgie

In forum: Ornamental plants

What an interesting post, Johnnie. I've had a good think today and here's my list of loses (north London here) and surprise survivors. Unless started otherwise all the plants were in containers outside.

My saddest loss was oriental Lily 'Arena': the bulbs rotted. Surprise losses were Evening Primrose, Helichrysum (which I'd had for six years), Tricyrtis and Fuchsia Alice Hoffman, and in the border Ox-eye Daisy. Less surprising were Fuchsias Devon Dumpling and Royal Mosaic (in the unheated greenhouse), Callianthus and Agastache (in the border).

Like you my Eucomis survived, as did two types of Passiflora, Galtonia candicans and virdiflora, Pineapple Sage, Pelargonium Quercifolium and Fuchsia Carmel Blue. The Liquorice also survived in the greenhouse and although I thought I'd lost it, my Verbena Bonariensis has come back after all.


  • Posted: Sun. 7th June 2009 20:08

Winter wipeout

General post from Johnnie

In forum: Ornamental plants

Now that summer is upon us all those plants that are going to emerge generally have and we had some surprising and not so surprising losses after the severe winter (even here in South London).

The stand of Musa basjoo did okay and apart from a mulch had no protection. We lost a couple but they have been replaced by hordes of banana "pups". Musella lasiocarpa even though well established failed which is a huge shame as it was a lovely plant.

With one exception we lost every canna in the garden. Only Canna musifolia survivied. Contrary to that all the gingers apart from Hedychium coronarium survived and are flourishing along with Cautleya spicata and three species of Eucomis.

Out of 15 two year old Echium pininana I guess its not surprising that we lost 13. The two survivors have given a very poor show at flowering and instead of the towering flower spike they are stunted with very small multiple heads.

Verbena bonariensis again failed completely which is odd as I thought they would be hardier.

And the best survivors? Both cycads came through unscathed and although the small tree ferns Dickinsonia antarctica took a bashing (and may have lost one) the large ones are looking fantastic - again with no protection.

So all in all not bad and I'd be intereted to hear if you had any losses or surprise survivors over the winter


  • Posted: Sun. 7th June 2009 08:21