I'm so happy that the Verbena bonariensis has become established in my garden, especially after a mild winter.

So many of these plants survived and are dotting the views in my garden with their lavender blooms held high on thin stems.


Of course the best one is also the most poorly sited...

...having decided that it will lean right out into the front walkway. At face level.

I have to push it aside each time I leave the house.

At least turning my head to the side and down as I brush past gives me this nice combo view:

 One thing I've learned as a gardener is that plants don't usually do what you want them to. As often as not they get you to change your actions.


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Sammie070502  – (June 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM)  

While I would not like to be whacked in the face by the prickly cane of a rose or bramble, I almost kind of welcome a small intrusion like the verbena because it does give me a reminder to engage with the garden/environment.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (June 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM)  

"As often as not they get you to change your actions."

Ain't that the truth! And frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't need to be in control of EVERYTHING.

Lisa  – (June 17, 2016 at 6:53 AM)  

Gardening is the best way to learn how little control you actually have in the world and to realize you just don't care all that much, as long as it's pretty. Some of the best things happening in my gardens right now happened on their own! Lovely verbena!

Renee  – (June 17, 2016 at 2:57 PM)  

the plants know that they are in charge... and usually do a better job of creating pretty combos than the gardener. Or at least my plants do! and they can get you to pay attention!

Chickadee Gardens  – (June 17, 2016 at 10:46 PM)  

I do adore the Verbena bonariensis. I hope it takes for you, I'm finding little volunteers around and am most happy about it as it's not invasive here. If you ever need a couple mailed to you....

outlawgardener  – (June 18, 2016 at 12:22 AM)  

Plants reaching out and grabbing you is simply the garden's way of saying "I love you." I love Verbena bonariensis and have had it in various parts of my garden but it seems to have been either crowded or shaded out.

Pat  – (June 18, 2016 at 6:26 AM)  

Never knew their was a annual Verbena.
Luck you !

Denise  – (June 18, 2016 at 7:42 PM)  

I've got a good crop of these going this year too. Same problem here -- just cut back one leaning a little too hard on some aloes/agaves. But I like where all the others have sited themselves!

Hoover Boo  – (June 19, 2016 at 5:04 PM)  

My neighbor has those verbenas--they are so cool.

I have no problem moving plants out of the way to walk through the garden, and forget that the rest of the world is not like that.

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