Verbena – Tips for my garden


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A garden that defines itself as such and which one wants to fulfill all its “tasks” must necessarily be filled with many beautiful plants; In fact, what has brought the hobby of gardening to the high levels of appreciation it receives today across the world is precisely the ability to make people feel like they are in their own space. , to put them in contact with nature by getting physically involved. and mentally to enter into symbiosis and obtain all the benefits of natural life: relaxation, serenity, cancellation of compulsive precipitation and all the stress of obtaining various results. For this, plants are fundamental, because it is their oxygen and their still but still alive calm that allows the positive effects already mentioned. But furnishing a garden with the right plants is not easy. also because we are often forced to set limits, both in terms of space and climate. From an economic point of view, however, it is not necessary to worry because the plants are rarely expensive, while the available space is essential both for the plant (which needs the minimum to live in good health) and for us, as we must in In any case, make sure everything is habitable.

Annuals and perennials

Everyone knows that when approaching gardening, it is accepted to enter into a mechanism, into a pact between us and our garden that provides for a constant commitment to it and especially to plants, because they need some attention to survive and enjoy. . of its possibilities. Many people do not like the fact that their work is lost for two seasons (spring and summer) due to the end of the life cycle of plants, while others do not like the fact that the garden becomes ” bare” in winter. That said, nature is out of control and everything is more boring in winter, the solution to these problems is to choose to furnish the garden with an annual or even perennial plant: These plant species have life cycles that range from an entire calendar year to several years, justifying the drudgery it takes to plant, grow and maintain them. In fact, there are many species that fit this description, especially those belonging to the group of shrubs or tall plants, which often also have great longevity.


A plant species which, depending on the variant, is presented as an annual or a vegetable and which has many characteristics well suited to gardening is verbena: it is a small herbaceous plant with a somewhat messy aesthetic which at first glance suggests a spontaneous plant, so much so that the Latin derivation of its name specifically refers to “twigs” and “twigs”. More exactly, a Celtic derivation of its name has been studied, which would mean “to hunt stones”; initially it does not make sense, since we are talking about a small plant, but by going deeper into the study of the Celtic population, we notice that they were great scholars of medicinal plants and therefore we understand that the stones named after verbena are actually kidney stones: this ancient but extraordinary people understood that verbena infusions helped prevent and eliminate kidney stones, a deficiency that has always been very prevalent in the human population. All this thanks to the fact that verbena is able to have emollient, analgesic, relaxing, spasmolytic and refreshing effects. Specifically, various parts of the plant are used for these purposes, but mostly the leaves and flowers.

Verbena: the plant

In its description, we have highlighted the properties that verbena has, but perhaps we have neglected its aesthetic component a little, defining it as quite unpleasant. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth and the proof is that verbena is precisely used as a plant to decorate gardens; and this happens with great success, thanks to the fact that the verbena draws on the ground small bushes that are easy to control and shape to our liking and above all that these bushes are usually full of beautiful light-colored flowers. In general, the stem of the plant and its leaves are also aesthetically interesting: the stem is quadrangular, that is to say with four lobes joined in a square, while the leaves are toothed and have quite obvious veins. There are several verbena festivals around the world, including a very popular one in Spain; but this plant is really present in world culture both because it appeared in a work by Puccini and because, for lovers of the dark genre, it seems to have an inhibiting effect on vampires. To confirm this, they are used repeatedly for this purpose in most recent American television series devoted to vampires.

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