With all this hype, I just had to get a couple when I saw them at the nursery the other day. Purple is one of the Red House's favorite plant colors, so the plant pretty much called to me from across the garden center. The Red House is also all about wildlife, and you know a plant is a magnet for wildlife when you have to wait for your moment to snatch it when there aren't any bees attached!
|A bumblebee moth enjoying the verbena in my garden.|
The verbena were actually so pretty when sitting in their pots outside our breakfast nook window, that I wanted to put some in containers there! But I had a big bare spot waiting in the garden, so there they went.
Not five minutes after I planted the verbena, a hummingbird came to check them out. Since that is only the third hummingbird I've seen since the house was built in 2009, I am considering the plant a smashing success in the wildlife magnet category! Hopefully he will visit again and I will be able to get his picture..
Soon after the hummingbird came the bumblebee moth, which did hang around for the camera.
The tubular flowers of the verbena are held in clusters at the ends of mostly leafless stems. Because of this airy, see-through nature, it mingles well with other plants, a trait which has lauded it much praise from the garden media. This verbena really does seem to live up to most of the hype!
Linking up with Bloomin' Tuesday today.