Veronica/Speedwell

3 Mar

Speedwell (Veronica), 4-6 in., cobalt, white, pink and other colors,  blooms spring through fall, sun or light shade.

Handsome plants ranging from less than an inch tall to 2 ft. in height. Masses of small (1/4- to 1/2 in.-wide) flowers in white, rose, pink, or pale to deep blue make an effective display. Use in borders and rock gardens. Prostrate kinds are good between stepping-stones, as bulb covers. Veronica (a perennial) is often confused with Hebe (a shrub).

Veronica prostrata

Stems are hairy and tufted. Some are prostrate and form 1– 1/2 -ft.-wide foliage mat; other stems grow erect to 8 in. high and are topped by short clusters of pale blue flowers in late spring or early summer.

Veronica spicata 'Red Fox'

Veronica spicata ‘Red Fox’

Veronica spicata

Rounded, 1/2 –2-ft.-wide clump sends up 2-ft.-tall stems clothed in pointed oval, glossy green leaves and topped in summer with spikes of bright blue flowers. Long bloom season if faded flowers are removed.

Veronica spicata incana

Furry, silvery white foliage forms a 1– 1/2 -ft.-wide mat. Blooms in summer, producing deep violet-blue blossoms on stems to about 1 ft. high.

‘Georgia Blue’

Forms a 6 to 8-in.-high mat that spreads to several feet wide; small dark green leaves turn bronze in cool weather. Profuse, white-eyed, cobalt-blue flowers appear in spring, with a few blossoms showing up throughout summer and fall as well.

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