Veronica is a cute grassy perennial (annual if freezing).
Key points to remember
Name – Veronica spp.
Family – Scrophulaceae
Type – Perennial
Height – 16 to 32 inches (0.5-1 m)
Soil – normal
Exposure: full sun – Foliage: semi-evergreen – Blooming: mid-spring → fall
The blooming is really impressive when compared to how little care it asks for. Depending on the climate zone, it sometimes grows as an annual.
Best 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 in a pot
Veronica loves proper drainage, so that’s certainly one of the goals of your potting setup.
- Make sure there’s a hole for excess water to drain out from
- Add a layer of drainage such as gravel or leca pebbles along the bottom
- Get soil mix that drains well, or simply mix in one-third of sand to your garden soil if it’s a bit heavy
Depending on how often you fertilize and water, potted veronica might grow anywhere from 1 foot to 3 feet tall (30 to 100 cm).
- 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
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).
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.