Perennial Veronica, wondrous blooming with zero care, every year

Bushy perennial veronica

Veronica is a cute grassy perennial. Depending on the climate zone, it sometimes grows as an annual.

Key points to remember

NameVeronica spp.
FamilyScrophulaceae
Type – Perennial

Height – 16 to 32 inches (50 cm to 1 m)
Soil – normal
Exposure – Full sun

Foliage – semi-evergreen
Flowering – April to September

The blooming is really impressive when compared to how little care it asks for.

Planting Veronica

Beautiful Veronica flower and leaf close upBest plant veronica in spring with a density of 5 to 10 specimens to a square yard (1 m²). This will really make the plot feel lush and bushy.

  • It flowers best when in a place that gets quite a lot of sun.
  • It grows fine in virtually every soil type, but it truly thrives in light and very well-draining soils.
  • Veronica doesn’t need too many nutrients. It can even grow in dry, rocky terrain!

Propagate the plant through clump division in Fall or Spring.

Veronica care

Veronica is a flower bush that asks for next to nothing in terms of care. Perhaps the only thing to watch out for would be a little watering in times of drought, especially if it’s growing in a pot.

  • Cut flowers as they wilt: this easy step (deadheading is the layman’s term for it) will spur appearance of new flowers.
  • Cut wilted stems back to the ground as they lose their flowers, and you’ll get fresh new flowers in Fall.

Learn more about veronica

Lovely small spike of veronica spica in a fieldVeronica grows in a dense, bushy pattern. It’s a very interesting species to welcome to your garden thanks to its abundant blooming.

Depending on the species, colors range from light to dark blue, but also include carmine red and even pure white. The shape can change as well, like the surprising Veronica spicata shown here (“spiked speedwell” in common English).

A closely related cousin, Hebe, goes by the name shrubby veronica. This specific type of veronica is definitely among the most striking flower shrubs.

The botanical name for the plant, Veronica, comes from the Latin word vera which means “true” and “authentic”. That’s a nice takeaway for this simple, authentic beauty!

Bees love this plant for the abundant nectar it provides from spring all the way to the end of summer.

Smart tip about Veronica

It is recommended to water in case of warm weather. Water in the evening to reduce evaporation. More water reaches the plants and you can save on watering.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Field dotted with blue by Heiner Rambold ★ under Pixabay license
Beautiful albeit small by Arunas ★ under Pixabay license
Close-up of a Veronica spicata by Oleg Kosterin ★ under © CC BY 4.0