“Homestead Purple” verbena (Verbena canadensis) stands out among other perennial verbenas, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings at the Hammond Research Station.

“Many times, perennial verbenas are planted in the spring,” he said. “We need to consider fall and winter planting of perennial verbenas for best performance the next year.”

‘Homestead Purple’s’ peak blooming time in south Louisiana is late February through May.

“By planting in the spring,” Owings said, “you miss the prime blooming months. This variety is very cold hardy.”

Call for garden photos: The LSU AgCenter’s Elma Sue McCallum is accepting high-resolution digital images on CD for the 2014 “Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar”.

The 2013 calendar is on sale now at garden centers and hardware stores.

For more information on this year’s calendar and submitting photos for 2014, go to http://www.LSUAgCenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar or call McCallum at (225) 578-2462. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2013.

Ed Cullen

Advocate staff writer