The habits of this interesting flower render it one of the most desirable, for ornamenting the lawn, of any of the bedding plants. The flowers are produced, from June to November, in great profusion, and then almost every color and shade may be selected to suit the fancy.
Verbenas may be planted out of doors any time after the tenth of May. They delight in a fresh rich soil, and warm exposure. In dry weather in midsummer water them moderately every evening. They are readily propagated from cuttings in September, and will strike in sand in ten days. They should then be placed in small pots of good compost, and removed to larger pots when the small ones become filled with roots. Plunge the pots in the ground in a warm exposure. By the middle of October the plants will be strong and vigorous, and may then be taken up and placed in the green-house, close to the glass. They will flower in a short time, but are more useful for propagating by cuttings, during the winter, in order to furnish a good supply for the garden-beds in the spring. In winter, avoid too much damp and heat. Keep them carefully from frost, which checks them for a long time.
There is much difficulty in keeping the Verbena through the winter, in consequence of a general desire to keep them in a blooming state when they require rest. They should be kept as cool and dry as possible while cold weather lasts, giving just water enough to maintain verdure. They will bear quite severe frosts with this treatment; while, if kept watered and growing in the usual way, they perish and damp off with a little cold.
Verbenas are easily raised from seed, but the plants will not be strong enough to bloom until late in the season, and will not, therefore, be valuable for effect the first season. Many interesting varieties will be the result from a small package of seed.
The Lemon-scented Verbena is a desirable plant in the garden, on account of its delicious fragrance. One plant, at least, should find a place in every collection. It grows very strong when planted out. The flowers are not of much account, but the oder is always grateful.