• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Verbena 'Lawrence Johnston' (G)

Vervain 'Lawrence Johnston'

Vervain 'Lawrence Johnston'

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  • Other common names Vervain 'Lawrence Johnston'

  • Genus Verbena can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with toothed or pinnately lobed leaves and small salver-shaped flowers in spikes, panicles or corymbs in summer or autumn

  • Family Verbenaceae / Verbenaceae

  • Species 'Lawrence Johnston' is a spreading half-hardy perennial to 45cm tall, with toothed, ovate leaves and flat clusters of bright red flowers 1cm across in summer and early autumn

  • Horticultural Group Verbena (G) are species which are separated in the genus Glandularia by some botanists


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect West-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation In borders plant in well drained soil and full sun. In containers best grown in loam based compost such as John Innes No. 2 with added sharp sand alternatively use multipurpose compost with added sharp sand

Propagation Take semi-ripe stem-tip cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Garden Edging City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Deadheading is beneficial

Pests Aphids, thrips and leafhoppers may be troublesome

Diseases Susceptible to powdery mildew

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