Veronica Plant Features
Enjoy pretty spikes of blue, pink, white, or purple blooms in the early summer by planting a generous selection of veronica in your garden. Occasionally called speedwell, veronica is a super easy perennial that grows 6 to 18 inches tall, making it a great choice for border edges or containers. Its upright flower stalks are remarkably sturdy and won't topple during heavy storms. Veronica has been a cottage-garden favorite for decades producing nectar-rich flowers that bees and butterflies flock to. The plants are deer resistant, too. Hardy from zones 4-8.
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Veronica Growing Instructions
Plant veronica in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. Veronica is relatively drought resistant, but does prefer slightly moist, well-drained soil. Prune away the flower stalks as they fade to promote additional bloom. Dig and divide the plants every few years to keep them vigorous.
Veronica is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Blue, Pink, Purple, White
Medium water needs
Complement your Veronica with these varieties:
Low growing varieties of Artemisia provide a silver contrast to the pastel flowers of Verbena.
The pretty pink flowers of Perennial Dianthus and the blue blooms of Veronica are quite a sight.
Low growing varieties of Veronica interplanted with Creeping Jenny are an amazing combination.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Veronica 'First Love'
Showing off stunning pink flowers all summer long and growing only 1 foot tall, 'First Love' is a newer variety of veronica you're sure to love. It's especially wonderful in cottage gardens.
Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue'
Resistant to heat and humidity, ‘Georgia Blue’ veronica produces short spikes of bright blue flowers with white centers from early to late spring. It’s a super easy variety that grows 6 to 8 inches tall and excels at the edge of a garden path or walkway. The flowers are also highly attractive to butterflies.
Veronica spicata 'Giles van Hees'
Giles van Hees is a compact variety that grows only 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It has soft pink flower spikes in summer. Zones 4-8
Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles'
Every summer the stiff, upright spikes of violet-blue flowers of ‘Royal Candles’ veronica burst into bloom. This rugged perennial grows 12 inches tall and will put out a second flush of bloom when the faded flowers are removed. Use it singly in the border or in containers or plant en masse as an easy-care groundcover.
Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'
An award-winning variety, 'Sunny border Blue' grows 2 feet tall and has lovely purplish-blue flower spikes all summer long.
Veronica longifolia 'Vernique Blue'
An easy-to-grow variety, 'Vernique Blue' shows off rich purple flowers all summer on a plant that grows 18 inches tall and resists disease.
Veronica 'Vernique Shining Seas'
Long blooming and beautiful, Vernique Shining Seas veronica offers bicolor spikes of lavender-blue flowers in summer. It grows 18 inches tall and 16 inches wide. Zones 4-8
Whitewater veronica is a groundcover type that offers pure white flowers in spring and early summer. It grows vigorously to form a weed-smothering mat. Whitewater veronica grows 6 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 4-8