Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Verbena Hybrid “Superbena”


Have any of you wonderful gardeners tried the newer annual  verbena  “Superbena” ?
I confess I have not but I had not saw any offered here last year by any of the local nurseries. I am sure they will have them eventually because verbena’s  are sold at all of them.

FPC_Superbena_Aztec_Burgundy2 Superbena Aztec Burgundy

They are advertised as self cleaning and no deadheading necessary but the ones growing in the trial beds at Franklin Park Conservatory last fall looked to me as if they could have done with a good dead heading, but then it was late in the season.
(I do not see Proven Winners asking me to participate in any trial test in my future. LOL!)

I love verbena in hanging baskets and spilling out of containers. I even do not mind dead heading plants. It is the problem I have with verbena getting mildew that keeps me from growing many from seed or buying as many as I would like to.

FPC_Superbena_IcedCherry Superbena Royale Iced Cherry

The new Superbena’s are suppose to be mildew resistant also which would be wonderful if it truly lives up to that proclamation.

FPC_Superbena_Royale_PeachyKeen2 Superbena Royale Peachy Keen

So if any of you have grown the Superbena’s I would love some feed back.


Happy Gardening,


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Kathleen said...

I haven't tried them Lona but I love verbena so I'd like to. Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Astrid said...

Hi Lona
Gorgeous flowers!
I'm going to check if any Canadian seed catalogues have this plant. I want it - bad!!

scottweberpdx said...

You're so right...Mildew is what keeps me from growing so many plants I normally would.

Zoey said...

they are lovely, but I have not grown them.

I get a kick out of petunias that say they don't require deadheading....I guess they don't if you enjoy looking at ugly containers all season!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Looks like the Superbenas are worth checking out! I like them in window boxes.

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Stephanie said...

Lona, my friend passed me one before. A pink one. While the plant could keep growing (didn't die), the flowers however, seem to be less prolific in my hot and humid climate. And I definitely love the colours superbenas ;-)

myomyohi said...

I normally plant some homestead verbena in pots and such. I have always loved the way it's purple flowers go with peach, orange or yellow.

Becca's Dirt said...

I have not tried it and unless it comes to a local nursery I prob will not. I do however love verbena and will add more as we go into the season. Verbena and dianthus and begonia's are probably the most popular plants to grow here. The Walmart and Lowes and Home depot all are flooded with these plants. Which is why I resorted to ordering my seeds this year - to have something different. I am not good at growing things from seed but I'm giving it a try. I have hibuscus sprouting now.


I just don't have a lot of luck with Vebenas. It's not mildew that does them in but something. I'm not sure what. I hope you can find and grow these pretty ones and I hope they work well for you. Keep us posted.

Stella said...

I haven't had much luck with Verbena but don't know if it is me or the climate we live in. I am getting so anxious for spring. Got two flower catalogs yesterday and we have had such a warm winter everything is starting to come up and bud.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I do love the look of verbena when it is full bloom. But I do not ike the deadheading. It would be great to have a self-cleaning variety.


Debra said...

Hi Lona - I will keep a close eye here to see if other gardeners have tried and likes this 'superbena'. I enjoy the purple verbena in my hanging baskets and combine it with yellow (my favorite combination). Thank you for introducing me to this variety.

I don't plant as much verbena as I would like because of it's constant deadheading requirement. There are just so many other things I would rather do in the garden.

Debbie said...

Here in wisconsin I buy a trailing verbena which I plant in an old bird cage every year and hang..Have never had mildew on them and they last all season.

Alistair said...

It looks Fabulous, but I am trying so hard to cut back on annuals.