Growing Veronica (Speedwell)

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Veronica Plants

Veronica spicata - Speedwell
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Veronica, also called Speedwell, is a carefree and easy-to-grow perennial with long spikes of small petals in purple, blue, pink, or white. Here’s how to grow veronica in your garden! 

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 (Veronica prostrata), which features dense clusters of flowers and grows to only 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/Diseases

Recommended Varieties

Planting Times

Growing Veronica (Speedwell)

Botanical Name

Veronica

Plant Type Flower
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Loamy
Soil pH
Bloom Time Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color Blue, Pink, Purple, White
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Special Features Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies