Veronicas come in many sizes - from ground covers to 2-foot plants. The summer flowers are on spikes and come in white and shades of blue and red. Taller veronica varieties make good cut flowers. Veronica, or speedwell, is a roadside plant with masses of pretty flowers that "speed you well." In Ireland, a bit of the perennial plant was pinned onto clothes to keep travelers from accidents. Plants have simple, oblong, two-inch leaves on strong stems. There are many types, ranging from prostrate to several feet tall. The tall forms bear slim, densely branched spikes of small white, blue, pink, or purple flowers in summer. Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Stake tall varieties to keep them upright. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
- Common Name: Speedwell
- Bloom: Early Summer | Summer | Late Summer
- Growth: 12-18 Inches
- Exposure: Full Sun | Partial Sun | Partial Shade
- Water: Average