Vanilla-Scented Verbena Perfumes Your Yard

By Charlie Nardozzi

Verbenas are stars of the late-season annual flower garden. They are great butterfly attractants and provide an airy feel to the garden as their flowers float above the foliage. Now there's a tropical verbena selection that has a strong fragrance as well.

Sweet almond verbena (Aloysia virgata) is also known as incense bush for its intoxicating vanilla fragrance that's strongest in late afternoon and evening. It blooms freely until frost with spires of white flowers. In warm areas this drought-tolerant native of Argentina and Brazil grows 8 to 15 feet tall, and the roots are hardy to USDA zone 8. In all but frost-free areas the plant dies back to the ground in winter. In containers it is more manageable, growing only 2 to 4 feet tall. Sweet almond verbena grows best in full sun in well-drained soils.

For more information on this tropical verbena, go to: Logees Greenhouses.

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