Southern Gardening : Verbenas give long-season color
Verbenas are great flowering plants that have been garden staples for many years. They will provide you with three seasons of color if you provide a few necessities for them.
There are more than 250 species of verbenas with many native to the New World. Breeders have been hard at work, and most new selections bear little resemblance to their forbears.
Verbena stems are four-sided and release a faint, spicy aroma when gently brushed. Flowers are displayed in terminal clusters and held above richly green, toothed foliage. The typical range of colors includes red, purple and white, with yellow, orange and peach available in newer varieties. Some selections have white or creamy eyes in the center.