Sunday, April 25, 2010

Trailing Verbena

Trailing Verbena
Verbena x hybridaAztec Coral
(ver-BEE-nuh) (hy-BRID-uh)

The annuals are making their way to market. It is still a little cold to plant them outside here. We had a frost advisory on Friday night although I didn’t see any frost it doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. According to this interactive map of the last frost date map of the United States, May 1st is our last killing frost in this area. I would probably give it an extra week or to since the weather has been so whacky.

This Verbena had a nice color and I find them to be a well-behaved plant that is good for bedding and containers. There was a problem with slugs last year but in a normal year they flourish and come in a wonderful selection of colors. I have found they are heavy feeders and appreciate a little extra fertilizer during the growing season.

This next photo is Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata). This little purple one is growing all over my neighborhood and it is a bright sight. It is an easy plant to grow if given the right conditions. Those conditions are full sun, not overly rich soil and not too much water. It does like to be lightly sheared after flowering. I enjoy the bright colors, ease of cultivation and early bloom this goundcover gives.

We are getting some much needed rain here today. April has been dry as a bone. Not good for pictures or doing some nursery shopping but I will probably try anyhow.

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SandyCarlson said...

That frost advisory stopped me in my tracks. Just what we need. Your photos are great. As always, I love the lighting.

EG Wow said...

How nice to see the annuals arriving! So far all we have are pansies here but I expect to see a better selection in a few weeks.

eileeninmd said...

The Verbena is a beautiful flower. The Phlox is one of my favorites too.

guild-rez said...

Both flowering plants Verbena as well as Phlox are on my shopping list for next month.
Too early to plant!
Lovely pictures.

Nance said...

I always admire those lovely creeping phlox every time I see them, some of them are really colorful like the fuchsia pink.

Kala said...

Thank you for identifying the creeping phlox. I have photographed some images of it, but didn't know the name.