Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'
Buy 1 Verbena 'Lollipop' for £6.99, or buy 3 for £15.97 and save £5
- 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.