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Veronica selections


Easy and undemanding, veronicas catch the eye in sunny gardens over many months. Some have mats with loose clusters of saucer-shaped flowers, while others group their star or tubular flowers into erect tight spikes. A few veronicas bring elusive blue to the garden, but more often the flowers are purplish or violet blue, rosy pink, or white. Provide full sun and average well-drained soil. Regular deadheading extends bloom time.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
4-48 inches tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
8 inches or indefinitely wide, depending on variety
Flower Color:
White, pink, blue, violet flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms early spring, summer, to late fall, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Veronica austriaca 'Crater Lake Blue') bears deep blue flowers in early summer on 18-inch-tall plants. Zones 6-8.
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(Veronica 'Georgia Blue') develops large mats of toothed purple-tinged foliage. Racemes of small saucer-shaped white-eyed deep blue flowers bloom from early spring into summer. It grows 12 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 6-8.
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(Veronica 'Giles Van Hees') has lance-shaped foliage and dense spikes of bright pink flowers in summer. It grows 6 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
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(Veronica spicata 'Icicle') bears pure white flowers on spikes to 2 feet tall. Zones 3-8.
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(Veronica 'Purpleicious') shows off rich lavender-purple flowers throughout the summer and into fall. It grows 2 feet tall. Zones 4-8.
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(Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue') is one of the best upright veronicas for sunny gardens. With glossy, dark green crumpled leaves and 7-inch-long spires of violet flowers from early summer on, it is outstanding. It grows to 2 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
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(Veronica 'Waterperry Blue') is a groundcover type with sky-blue flowers in spring. It grows 6 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
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Plant It With

Zagreb coreopsis has strong yellow daisy flowers over thread-like leaves that combine well with 'Blue Peter' veronica in sun.

Lady's mantle

The chartreuse foamy flower sprays of lady's mantle are an attractive foil for Sunny Border Blue veronica in early summer.


Echo the vertical spikes of violet blue salvia with the vertical spikes of white Icicle veronica. They enjoy similar situations.