Veronica

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Botanical name: Veronica

Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Loamy

Flower color: Pink, Blue, Purple, White

Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall

Veronica , also called Speedwell, is a carefree and easy-to-grow perennial with long spikes of small petals in purple, blue, pink, or white. This attractive plant grows in clusters from 1 to 3 feet tall, and blooms from spring to autumn.

There is also a bushy ground cover variety (Prostrate speedwell) which features dense clusters of flowers and grows to about 10 inches tall.

Planting

  • Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
  • Plant in the spring. (Veronica can be sowed by seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn but most people start this perennial as a transplant from the nursery.)
  • Loosen the soil and mix in compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant's container.
  • When placing the plant in the hole, ensure the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.
  • Water thoroughly.

Care

  • Water in the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • Stake tall varieties.
  • Keep covered with a thin layer of compost, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture.
  • Deadhead to extend bloom time.
  • After the first killing frost, cut back stems to an inch or two above the soil line.
  • Divide perennials in autumn or spring every few years.

Pests

Recommended Varieties

  •  'Crater Lake Blue' is a mat-forming perennial that grows 12 to 18 inches tall with beautiful deep, dentian-blue flowers in early summer.
  • 'Sunny Border Blue' is a clump-forming perennial that grows to 20 inches tall and bears erect sturdy spikes of tubular, dark violet-blue flowers from early summer to late autumn.
  • 'Red Fox' has very deep pink flowers on a narrow spike and grows as a mat-forming perennial to 12 inches tall, blooming from early to late summer.
  • 'Dick's Wine' is a ground cover that grows to about 10 inches tall and produces an abundance of rose-wine-colored blooms—so many that they actually hide the dark-green foliage.

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Inspired? See (and send) this gorgeous image of a spring memory garden with veronica (speedwell), knock out roses, 'happy returns' daylily, coreopsis, salvia, purple coneflower, dianthus, and Japanese iris.

Credit: Deronda Adams

 

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Comments

I cutback my Red Fox

By Jeanne Webb on April 16

I cutback my Red Fox Speedwell last week.I also have a garden full of Waterperry Blue Speedwell groundcover.Should I cut them back as well.It's early spring and they already have new growth on them.I live in zone 6. Help! I can not find any information on cutting back this wonderfull groundcover.

I live in IN during the

By Sandra Vinson

I live in IN during the summer and leave state early Oct. When should I cutback my Speedwell?It is 2 years old.

After the first killing

By Almanac Staff

After the first killing frost, cut back stems to an inch or two above the soil line

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