'Peaches and Cream' is a new pastel colour of Verbena and an exquisite variety. The evenly spread buds initially open to reveal clusters of coral-salmon flowers which gradually change to provide a subtle blend of blush shades and peach-apricot shades, all with darker edges in the same flower cluster.
This award winning variety is an excellent performer flowering over a long period throughout summer, regardless of the weather. Through tropical storm force winds and pelting rain, they continue to bloom and set out new buds. Heat and drought tolerant, they will tolerate light shade, but best flowering is in a position with full sun, requiring nothing more all summer than an occasional dead-heading and douse of fertiliser.
Verbena is a popular short-lived perennial usually treated as an annual. The stems trail along the ground usually with their flower heads pointing upwards (decumbent). The flower umbels, 5cm (2in) in diameter, appear throughout summer and into autumn.
It can be used as a ground cover or low border in front of taller perennials and the trailing stems make this the perfect choice for filling gaps in hanging baskets, window boxes and containers. Growing 20 to 25cm (8 to 10in) in height and width and hardy to minus 2°C (28°F) it is easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in full sun.
Verbena 'Peaches and Cream' has to have the most awards of any flower available from seed!
- RHS Award of Garden Merit.
- Fleuroselect Gold Medal Winner.
- All-American Selections Winner.
Verbena is perennial in frost-free growing conditions, but is often grown as an annual and discarded at the end of the flowering season. As such, can be sown almost all year round, (avoid the hottest and coldest months) It can be sown directly, but results are far greater if the seeds are given favourable conditions during raising.
Sowing: Sow in spring: February to April
Sow 6 to 8 weeks before planting outdoors. Sow very finely onto the surface of pots containing moist seed compost. “Just cover” with a sprinkling of sieved soil (1/16th inch) and cover the container with dark paper or similar as the seeds need the dark to germinate. Place the container in a dark place.
Keep moist, watering from the base of the container but do not saturate the compost. Keep at a temperature of 18°C (65°F) in light but not strong sunlight. The seeds usually germinate around 14 to 28 days, but may take up to 90 days to finish germinating. Remove the cover once they begin to germinate to allow air to circulate (otherwise they may suffer from damping off) and reduce the temperature to around 15°C (60°F), a warm kitchen windowsill is often sufficient.
Thin (prick out) into 7cm (3in) pots containing a well drained compost mix when the seedlings are large enough to handle. You can add 10 to 15% horticultural sand to a regular compost to achieve this. (Use sand that doesn’t contain salt)
Harden off young plants gradually for 10 to 15 days before planting out, after all risk of frost has passed. (mid May onwards) Plant 20cm (8in) apart in a sunny position. (Verbena is susceptible to the fungus mildew if planted in a wet, shady locale.)
Verbenas do not require a particularly rich soil but a monthly application of a slow-release, complete fertiliser are beneficial during the growing season. Water deeply to encourage roots to grow deeply, resulting in a healthier, more drought tolerant plant. Avoid overhead watering if possible.
Once plants show signs of going out of bloom, a light pruning will produce another crop of flowers within 15 to 20 days. I recently read of one gardener’s opinion on the subject…… “Here's the problem; people do not want to cut plants back and will not cut them back as long as one pitiful-looking bloom endures. People who cannot discipline themselves to shear old blooms periodically should not grow Verbena” !
To overwinter plants, take cuttings or bring containers indoors before the first frost.
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Native to North and South America, the Verbenacaeae family (which is Latin for “leafy branch”), were first introduced into cultivation in 1826. The genus contains well over 250 species plus many garden hybrids and is sometimes known by the ancient name Vervain.
- Additional Information
Average Seed Count 25 Seeds Seed Form Natural Family Verbenaceae Genus Verbena Species hybrida Cultivar Peaches & Cream Common Name Trailing Verbena, Clump Verbena Other Common Names Vervain Hardiness Tender Perennial often used as an Annual Hardy Hardy to -2°C (28°F), it is often grown as an annual. Flowers Blush and peach-apricot shades. Natural Flower Time From spring to first frosts Height 20 to 25cm (8 to 10in) Spread 20 to 25cm (8 to 10in) Position Full sun needed for best flowering Soil Well drained soil