Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora ‘Bampton’ is a beautiful cultivar that was bred from a variety found growing in the town of Bampton, Devon. It bears small purple-pink flowers held on spikes at the tops of tall, elegant stems. The foliage is a lovely purple-green, with an almost metallic sheen.
It thrives on sunny, often lime-rich soils and is a magnet for pollinators like bees, moths and butterflies. Try growing it as part of a mixed herbaceous border, or as a part of a sunny gravel garden.
For best results, grow Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora ‘Bampton’ in full sun, in moist, well-drained soil. Leave the old stems and seedheads on for winter interest, then cut right back in early spring as the new shoots are emerging.