With a year of conferences, tests, trials and garden visits under our belts, we’re excited to tell you about the big ideas we think will be influencing the gardening world in the months ahead. Beyond popular colors and new varieties, big-picture themes always emerge on the world stage that prompt… Read More →
Colorful, critter-resistant flower clusters that charm butterflies and hummingbirds
Nectar-rich Verbena produce clusters of colorful, upright blooms that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds – all while repelling deer. This spreading plant blooms in early summer and holds steady through early fall. Verbena prefers well-drained soils (choose a light potting mix if planting in a container) and has excellent heat and drought-tolerance. Some varieties will spill over a border, retaining wall, or patio planter, and all have attractive, deeply-cut, bright-green foliage.
Hoary Vervain is a drought tolerant perennial that boasts a long bloom time, often adding gorgeous purple flower spikes for up to six weeks in the late summer. This native variety’s seeds provide vital nourishment for a variety of small animals and birds, making it a perfect choice for any sustainable planting. Hoary Vervain’s leaves are also a common larval host for the Common Buckeye Butterfly. This variety grows in full sun to part shade and is extremely easy to grow. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Perennial. Learn More →
White Vervain adds gorgeous texture to meadows with its single stemmed, white flower spikes. The nectar and pollen of this native wildflower attracts a variety of bees, butterflies and wasps. White Vervain prefers partial shade and moist, fertile conditions, growing up to 5’ tall. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Perennial. Learn More →