Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (PBR)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (will need protection in winter in colder areas)
One of the reasons Verbena bonariensis is such a superb plant in the border is that it gives airiness and floatiness to the border, creating a new level of planting within the border and a great visual impact. Verbena bonariensis is one of the best cottage garden plants and this stylish perennial has been enjoying a resurgence of interest in recent years.
Well, now there is a new kid on the block - Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (PBR). 'Lollipop' is a lower growing selection of bonariensis that is ideal for planting at the front of borders and above low-growing plants. Planted with plants such as Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle), the incredible clusters of lavender flowers will give the same eye-catching tiered effect that you get with bonariensis in the middle of the border. It also has the same excellent flowering period (June to September). This new plant is propagated by cuttings commercially under licence from the plant breeder, so it is very uniform and identical to the parent plant.
It grows best in moist or well-drained soil and it prefers a sunny spot in the garden. It grows to 2ft tall with a 2ft spread, whereas standard Verbena bonariensis grows to 6ft tall. 'Lollipop' is as hardy and easy to grow as bonariensis and it will become a popular plant in the garden.
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Q:Powdery mildew on my plants
Hi, I wonder if your plant doctor may be able to answer a query for me. I have bought a few Verbenas from yourselves and they all seem to have suffered the dreaded powder mildew problem. I have sprayed with a recommended product and discarded the affected leaves but don't know if I have sorted the problem or not sufficiently? I read that this often affects plants that are under stress, - I did keep all the plants potted up (although some in larger pots than at purchase) close to each other for some time. I wonder if that might be why this happened ? Any advice would be welcome. They are now all in the garden and hopefully will thrive. SueAsked on 3/9/2009 by Sue Hulkes
A:Hello Sue, Powdery Mildew is caused by the plants being too dry and having poor air circulation, which are usually made worse when the plants are growing in pots. It sounds as of you have tackled it correctly, so they should improve. For more information you can click on the following link. http://www.crocus.co.uk/pestsanddiseases/_//top12/Powdery%20mildew/ArticleID.1174 I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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