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28/11/2011 at 18:29
It's funny you should mention this Adam as I too have discovered this plant this year. I bought mine from Notcutts Nursery in Norwich when on a visit to my sister in May. It wasn't in flower when I bought it; I actually bought it because they had a special offer on if you bought five plants (I think it was five) from a selection of young perennials.
It is only in recent weeks that I have really started to appreciate what a beautiful plant it is. In spite of being a dwarf verbena the spikes of flowers stand tall above the plants around it, giving a lovely effect.
I, like you, now want lots of them but so far have been unable to find it in the garden centres. However I haven't tried B&Q, even though they are only a mile down the road.
It is described as a hardy perennial on the label but, in view of what you have said, I think I will try and save seed in case it doesn't survive the ravages of a Sheffield winter.