Monday, February 4, 2008
I'm a bit embarrassed about my ignorance regarding the Verbena Bonariensis. I've been thinking all along that it was a perennial here in my zone 5 garden. After posting my picture "gallery" on the Verbena and reading Jodi's comment, I looked it up and saw, that it indeed, is only hardy in zones 7-10.
I never even suspected that it might be an annual, especially since I purchased the two starter plants as perennials from a local perennial nursery in the fall of 2002. They were closing up shop for the season and several of us ladies in the new neighborhood went together and filled our cars full of clearance perennials, (no annuals were even supposed to be sold there).
The verbena has come back in the exact same spot every year since. So, this comes as quite a surprise to me. I'd really like for us to keep this little secret between us, please don't tell my wonderful Verbena Bonariensis that it's only an annual. It might decide not to come back.