Verbascum make great garden showpieces as their upright stems provide fantastic architectural interest. They are also really easy to care for, will survive poor soils, and you can even bloom twice in a season!
The flowers are gorgeous on narrow, airy stems. After the first blooms begin to wane, you are best to cut the stems back (they are good in a vase), add some fertiliser and await the second round. But wait, there’s more, once the blooms have finished, they turn into handsome seed pods that mature to an attractive red-black shade.
The deep green, oval shaped leaves of Verbascum grow close to the ground, allowing the flowers to steal the show. The plants look wonderful in cottage gardens, dry and coastal gardens.
These Verbascum phoeniceum varieties are nice and compact so perfect for the middle of beds or smaller gardens.
Plant your Verbascum in a full sun to part shade position. They thrive in any well drained, soils, even alkaline conditions, but in poorly drained boggy soils the plants tend to rot. It is best to choose an area out of harsh winds, or you will have to be prepared to stake. Water in, then you will only have to bother if rainfall is low, they become quite dry tolerant once they are established.
Verbascums are commonly known as Mullein. These are biennial plants, the seeds are viable and should be allowed to fall to produce plants into the future.
Verbascum Collection, one of each variety, separately labelled. Includes Rosetta, Flush of White, White Blush and Violetta.
Verbascum Collection Valued at $54.00, SAVE $4.50.