Symphyotrichum 'Oktoberlicht' with Verbena Bonariensis (Hilliers)

What to grow with Verbena bonariensis

Be inspired by our list of perfect plants to grow with Verbena bonariensis.

Verbena bonariensis is a much-loved, versatile garden plant. Bearing beautiful deep-purple flowers on elegant but sturdy stems, it’s slug-and-snail-proof, pollinator-friendly, resistant to drought and is easy to propagate from seed or cuttings.

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Browse some of our favourite planting combinations for Verbena bonariensis, below.

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Ornamental grasses

Their pale flowerheads, along with the rustling movement of the stems, make ornamental grasses the perfect companion for Verbena bonariensis. Here, compact variety ‘Lollipop’ grows with hare’s tail grass, Lagurus ovatus. The pale grass acts as a foil for the purple verbena flowers in this informal, prairie-style scheme.

Verbena Bonariensis 'Lollipop' with Lagurus ovatus
Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’ with Lagurus ovatus

Nicotiana sylvestris

In this design the long, tubular flowers of the tobacco plant, Nicotiana sylvestris, hang downwards while the upward-facing flowerheads of verbena reach for the sky.

Verbena bonariensis and Nicotiana sylvestris
Verbena bonariensis and Nicotiana sylvestris

Veronicastrum virginicum

Here, the muted tones of the Veronicastrum virginicum set off rich purple Verbena bonariensis to perfection. The open, airy display leads the eye  through and beyond, helping to make the space appear larger.

Verbena bonariensis with veronicastrum
Verbena bonariensis with veronicastrum

Cosmos atrosanguineus

In this scheme, the Verbena bonariensis vies for attention with the intense maroon colour of chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus).

Verbena bonariensis with Cosmos atrosanguineus (Hillier)
Verbena bonariensis with Cosmos atrosanguineus

Japanese anemone

These delicate, pale pink anemone flowers work beautifully with the vivid verbena – a highly effective contrast of shapes and sizes.

Verbena bonariensis and Japanese anemone
Verbena bonariensis and Japanese anemone

Symphyotrichum ‘Oktoberlicht

This gorgeous plant combination is best suited to a large garden. Symphyotrichum ‘Oktoberlicht’ grows in the foreground, with Verbena bonariensis taking centre stage against a backdrop of pale blue Salvia uliginosa.

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Symphyotrichum 'Oktoberlicht' with Verbena Bonariensis (Hilliers)
Symphyotrichum ‘Oktoberlicht’ with Verbena bonariensis and Salvia uliginosa

Spanish flag

This bold display features red and yellow annual climber Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata). The purple brings out the hot colours of the Ipomoea lobata, making for an intense, rich display. As Spanish flag is a climber, you’ll need to provide it with support (an obelisk would work well) and grow the Verbena bonariensis next to it.

Verbena bonariensis and Ipomoea lobata
Verbena bonariensis and Ipomoea lobata