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Natural Plant Partners: Callicarpa & Verbena

I am resigned to thinking that they probably can’t be partners in my garden (though I am going to try – just in case).  Callicarpa isn’t the problem, it’s the Verbena (will it work in zone 5? – supposedly not, but I have found evidence from other gardeners that it might).

verbena bonariensis purple flowers plant


But there is something about this ridiculously pretty purple color in hazy effect that I just can’t get enough of.   Are you buying seeds that might not work where you live?  I always do — sometimes I strike lucky and it is just worth the risk.

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  1. Ryan Miller

    January 11th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I think my Beauty Berry will need some pollination help this summer, I got so few berries this last year…

    Seed that might not work in where I live? Most definitely, the biggest piece of zonal denial might be my Bomarea hirtella seeds.

  2. Lorraine Roberts

    January 12th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Verbena bonariensis, as shown in your photo, is an annual that will self seed readily in Zone 5.
    I have grown it for many years in our gardens at Plant Paradise. We have not been so lucky with Callicarpa in our Zone 5 gardens. It just doesn’t winter over well.
    Verbena canadensis ‘Homestead Pink’ has wintered over beautifully. It blooms from June until frost and grows only 8 inches high. A great perennial verbena for Zone 5.

  3. rochelle

    January 12th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    yea! lorraine that is so encouraging (at least about the verbena) – I think my beauty berry will be fine – though I just planted it this year. But my neighbors have it too and theirs has flourished for many years. The variety that I have is Callicarpa Early Amethyst…is that what you tried? It is supposed to be good to zone 5.

  4. Amanda Thomsen

    January 13th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Here we grow Callicarpa like a sub-shrub and cut it back ever spring, I’m zone 5 too…

  5. norma bean

    January 14th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    that verbena did not do well in my Tampa garden . I grow the white beauty berry– has had some cold damage, but am sure it will be ok—haven’t had it a year yet

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