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Veronica graces the garden with spires of flowers that bloom spring through fall, depending on species, with some reblooming for an extended show. Also known as speedwell, this easy-to-grow perennial is available in many different sizes and colors—even shades of blue.
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From 6 inches to 3 feet
8 inches to 2 feet
Colors of Veronica
With their colorful, blooming spikes, veronica can brighten any full-sun garden and add texture with their flowers. Many of the spring blooming types form mats of low-growing flowers. Some grow above silver foliage that contrasts with the rich blue flowers. Summer blooming types are often taller, and are more generous rebloomers. The taller species have a broad spectrum of bloom colors, including pinks, purples, blues and white.
How to Plant Veronica
These versatile plants tolerate a variety of conditions. For best results, veronica prefers a well-drained, loamy soil with organic matter. Once established veronica can be quite tolerant of drought and need little supplemental watering. During peak bloom, they will appreciate some water if it has been exceptionally dry. There are even some species of veronica grow well in rock gardens. These types are usually lower growing, but do well in dry conditions.
Plant veronica in full sun for best results. When planted in less than full sun, veronica can be susceptible to foliar diseases like powdery mildew and leaf spot. The best solution for these problems is prevention.
To care for this low-maintenance perennial,trim spent blooms back just below the blooms to encourage a second flush of flowers. Many of the tall species have branched flowers. If you cut these too low, you may sacrifice oncoming blooms. As plants mature, they can benefit from division. This is particularly helpful for mat-forming types, which can die out in the middle.
New Types of Veronica
Plant scientists are working to improve disease resistance and reblooming potential that would further extend the season. There are some new varieties that are more novelty than anything, with flower heads that are short and branched, creating clusters that are almost ball shaped. You will also find lovely gold and silver foliage available to add more interest in the garden.