Common name: verbena, herb of the cross, holywort, vervain
Annual verbenas are available in a multitude of colours from rich burgundy, to lavenders, to bright pink, to white.
Verbenas require a full sun location, a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight, to flower at their best. Fewer than that and verbena will have few to no flowers and that would be a shame because if you've ever seen them enmasse in a planter, they can be spectacular!
Verbenas will bloom from spring until frost so it's a lovely addition to your planters. Think thriller, filler, spiller - verbena is your spiller!!
Be sure to use well-drained soil. A heavy clay soil can be amended with compost to assist in drainage, should you desire to plant directly in your garden beds. Otherwise, select a good potting soil blend, water once a week, more if necessary, and fertilize with a 20-20-20 blend fertilizer once a month. Place your pot in full sun, combined with other annuals of your choice or all on its own, and enjoy!