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Proven Winners Superbena Royale Iced Cherry Verbena

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Superbena Royale Iced Cherry Verbena hybrid and
Superbena Royale Peachy Keen Verbena hybrid

New, Superbena® Royale Iced Cherry, a verbena hybrid

Verbena are easy care choices for containers and hanging baskets.

If you are looking for a pop of color that will last all season, consider these bright annuals. Last spring, Proven Winners sent these two Superbena verbena hybrids to me for evaluation. This spring they are on the market and easy to find.

Butterfly magnet, Superbena Royale Iced Cherry Verbena hybrid

What I enjoyed was the low maintenance, easy care plants that just seemed to thrive in the full sun and summer heat. I planted these verbena in hanging baskets. They would be a good choice for a low growing pop of color in a flower bed or container.

Talk about easy care, these Superbena do not need deadheading, no trimming or pinching. Container plants are always dependent on us for water and I did regularly water them.

My plants were in full sun all day with only slight shade in the late afternoon. They were a good choice for the  patio, bold, nonfading flowers that attract butterfies. There was no sign of pests or disease. What could be better?

Peachy Keen Verbena

I would grow these Proven Winners Superbena hybrids again. They were a great choice for my humid, zone 6A, Southwest Missouri garden.

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These faithful flowers come in several colors. One that caught my attention is this lavender Superbena® Royale Silverdust Verbena hybrid. See all your color choices at the PW site. Click here or just type in the name Superbena Royale Iced Cherry Verbena hybrid.

Superbena® Verbena hybrid

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Superbena® Royale Iced Cherry Verbena hybrid

Last spring three superbena® Royale Peachy Keen Verbena hybrid plants arrived for trial from Proven Winners. Three superbena® Royale Iced Cherry Verbena hybrid plants arrived at the same time. The beautiful, healthy plants that were delivered to my address do not get special treatment.

The joy in growing trial plants is that I get to see new introductions a year before they are available in our local garden centers. When you see the plant locally, I can tell you about how well it will do in your garden.

These superbena® plants went right into 14” hanging baskets filled with a good quality light potting soil. Each basket had a dose of slow release fertilizer mixed into to potting soil. They were watered regularly, but there was no additional fertilizer put into the baskets.

These plants are self-cleaning, which means no deadheading needed. They don’t need pruning, but I trimmed the Iced Cherry, or cut it back. It did become a little fuller with more branching, which meant more flowers.

I did not give the Peachy Keen verbena a “hair cut”. This plant does well without pruning. So, I won’t bother when I grow these Superbena again. Peachy Keen has a wide color variation which I think would be a great advantage in mixed containers or in a flower border.

There were no diseases or insect problems with either plant. Planting in hanging baskets usually eliminates any concerns of powdery mildew. If you are starting with clean potting soil and not over crowding the plants, there is no reason to expect any disease or insect concerns.

If ever there was a trial for heat tolerance 2010, (zone 6) was that test. Day after day of

photo PBH

oppressive heat and in full sun, the superbena® Royale series Verbena continued to bloom and thrive.

Superbena comes in a variety of reds and purples. They will faithfully flower all summer. Plant them anywhere you would grow summer annuals like geraniums and zinnias. Choose a location where you can appreciate their color variationsPWlogo

I would buy these plants again. I do recommend them. Be sure to stop by the online PW site to see all the colors of superbena® Verbena.

Here is a PW I’ll be looking for: Superbena® BurgundyVerbena


My Patio

summer long bloomer with lavender flowers

Superbena® Royale Chambray verbena

Superbena is self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary. Planted alone in pink tea cup containers, these Superbena® Royale Chambray verbena hybrids have bloomed all summer with very little attention or water.

Enjoy lavender flowers in full sun with minimum watering all season.

These pots have been in the sun on my humid, zone 6 patio and show no sign of pests or disease. These lavender flowers have remained bright and colorful the whole growing season. Superbena® Royale Chambray verbena is a good choice for container gardens, hanging baskets and low growing border plants.

photos by PBH

Superbenas are a vigorous Verbena series in pinks, rose and lavender colors.

These plants were sent to me by Proven Winners® for trial and evaluation. For plant combinations and design ideas go to Proven Winners webpage

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