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Verbena 'Sissinghurst' (G) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

vervain 'Sissinghurst'

Family

Verbenaceae


Verbena can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with toothed or pinnately lobed leaves and small salver-shaped flowers in spikes, panicles or corymbs in summer or autumn

Verbena (G) are species which are separated in the genus Glandularia by some botanists

'Sissinghurst' is a spreading semi-evergreen perennial to 20cm in height, with dark green, pinnatifid leaves and flat clusters 4-6cm across of small bright magenta-pink flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Verbena 'Tenerife'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or by softwood cuttings using stem tip in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Damage by slugs may be a problem

Diseases

Susceptible to powdery mildews