Veronica Plant – Veronica Speedwell perennial flowers are a perfect, easy to grow and easy to care for flower. While there are over 500 different species of Veronicas that come in a variety of types and sizes, the Veronica Speedwell is an attractive perennial with long tubular spikes. Veronica’s beautiful flowers come in a variety of colors including pinks, blues, purples and whites. They also add that extra something special to your garden design. If drainage is satisfactory then you will have no trouble with Veronica – no trouble to grow them, but you may well have difficulty in keeping them under control.Many are exceedingly invasive, like the small Speedwells in the lawn. The larger Speedwells are grown in the border, but a few of them, such as Veronica incana and Veronica teucrium, are occasionally planted in the larger rockery.
Veronica planting tips
- First, choose a spot in your garden that has well-drained soil and is in full sun.
- Dig the hole 2 times the size of the container that holds the flower. After placing the plant in the hole, spread soil over it. Any garden soil is suitable – the soil pH can be as liberal as neutral, alkaline or acidic, with moisture content from average to quite moist.
- One way to ensure the perfect amount of water is by install aeration tubes (proven to increase root growth by supplying oxygen, nutrients and water to plant’s root structure).
- Propagation: Divide clumps in spring.
The basic Speedwell is Veronica prostrata – height 4 in, spread 1 ½ ft, flowering period May – July. The basic color is blue – choose from ‘Spode Blue’, ‘Kapitan’ and ‘Royal Blue’. There is also ‘Alba’ (white) and ‘Mrs Holt’ (pink).
For a non-aggressive ground cover choose Veronica pectinata (height 3 in, spread 1 ft, flowering period May – June). Blue and pink varieties are available.