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Speedwell
Veronica

Description:
Highly valued for its ease of growth and long bloom time.  It should have a place in every garden because it goes with everything. Try combining it with yellow such as Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', Black-Eyed Susan, Daylilies and Shasta Daisies.

 

 
Common Name: Speedwell, Creeping Speedwell
Botanical Name: Veronica
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: This perennial is tolerant of a range of well-drained soil types from average to dry. Amending soils, especially very heavy and light types, with generous amounts of organic matter will result in improved performance
Light Requirements: Although tolerant of partial shade, it will flower better in full sun.
Attributes: Deer resistant, attracts butterflies, low to average water needs
Pests: --
Diseases: --
Good Companion Plants: Butterfly Weed, Coreopsis, Daylily, Loosestrife, Periwinkle, Yarrow, Black-Eyed Susan, Shasta Daisy
Care: Fertilize with Plant-tone as recommended.

Planting Instructions:   Perennials

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Veronica 'Aztec Gold'
Creeping Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  This veronica is a wonderful, easy to grow perennial that adds great color in the garden all season long. Its sun-proof, brilliant gold leaves form a wide, low, spreading mound. In early summer, short spikes of sky blue flowers appear just above the foliage. A wonderful groundcover for small, sunny spaces.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Yellow
Height: 6"
Spread: 12"


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Veronica 'Baby Bomb'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Shorter and more compact foliage than Blue Bomb, plumes of tightly bunched blue flowers bloom early to late summer.
Exceptional long bloom time with excellent re-bloom. Requires little maintenance. Attracts butterflies.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 10-12"


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Veronica 'Baby Doll'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Straight from the Netherlands, this compact form produces bushy clumps of bright-green leaves and spikes of deep-pink flowers in mid summer. Remove faded flowers to encourage a re-bloom. Great for edging or in the rock garden.
Bloom Color: Deep Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 8-10"
Spread: 12-18"


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Veronica 'Bicolor Explosion'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description: Absolutely stunning two-tone violet flowers streaked with violet blue.  Forms dense plumes with masses of exploding upright spikes. Exceptional color and long bloom time.  Requires little maintenance. Attracts butterflies
Bloom Color: Violet & Blue
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 18-24"


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Veronica 'Blue Bomb'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Each plume is comprised of tightly bunched spikes of hundreds of bright blue flowers.  Flowers gradually open from the bottom to the top resulting in an exceptionally long bloom time, Dark green foliage is very compact.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 18-24"


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Veronica 'Blue Explosion'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Flower plumes are tightly bunched with longer spikes of blue flowers. Flowers gradually open from the bottom to the top resulting in an exceptionally long bloom time. Dark green compact foliage. Requires very little maintenance.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread:  


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Veronica 'Crater Lake Blue'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Planted en masse, this selection appears as a sea of intense gentian blue that will catch your eye from quite a distance. The flowers occur in narrow spikes above the mounded foliage. It tends to bloom about a month earlier than the other varieties. A nice filler plant for border or cottage gardens.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 15-20"


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Veronica longifolia 'Eveline'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Forms clumps of attractive dark green foliage with tall spikes of rich rose-purple flowers. Very floriferous.  A great plant for the sunny border that requires very little maintenance.
Bloom Color: Purplish-red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-36
Spread: 12-16"


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Veronica spicata 'Fairytale'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Long 7" spikes have a two-tone effect with light silver-pink flowers and dark rose stamens.  Plants have a larger, more bushy habit with dark green foliage. Very floriferous and uniform flowering. Attracts butterflies and deer resistant.
Bloom Color: Rose-Purple
Bloom Time: Early-Late Spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 24"


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Veronica spicata 'First Lady'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Forms medium sized clumps with spikes of pure white flowers, very uniform growth habit. Flowers all summer. Requires
little maintenance. Attracts butterflies.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 20-22"
Spread: 20-22"


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Veronica spicata 'First Love'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Forms compact mounds with dense spikes of rich pink flowers, nice foliage all season and excellent branching for long bloom time.  Requires little maintenance. Attracts butterflies.
Bloom Color: Rich Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12"
Spread: 12"


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Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Originating from the Republic of Georgia in the former Soviet Union comes this hardy ground cover-type veronica with a rock hard constitution. Very clean looking glossy foliage emerges in spring with some purple tints, matures to dark green, and then takes on bronze tones in the fall.   The plants put on a spectacular display in early to late spring (depending on the zone) of cobalt blue flowers which completely cover the foliage once the plants are established. They often rebloom sporadically throughout the summer.  This plant works well as a weed suppressing ground cover, but is also outstanding in containers or planted along stone walls where it will gently cascade over the edge.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Early-Late Spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-6"
Spread: 24"


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Veronica 'Giles Van Hees'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  A dwarf veronica perfect for the front of the border or in containers. This variety looks much like its larger cousins, but is shorter. The dark green foliage forms a nice mound topped by bright pink flower spikes whose sweet nectar attracts butterflies. It is extremely long-flowering beginning in midsummer and is easy to grow
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6"
Spread: 10-12"


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Veronica 'Hocus Pocus'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description: Incredibly long, violet purple wands of brilliant color comprise the top 2/3 of ‘Hocus Pocus’, much larger than any comparable variety. This plant really has everything we could ask for: incredibly showy flowers, a uniform habit, clean foliage, and branched flowers which result in a longer bloom time. 
Bloom Color: Violet Purple
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 16-20"
Spread: 12"


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Veronica 'Pink Bomb'
Speedwell
zones
 
Description: Forms unique rounded plumes with tightly bunched pink flower spikes. The plant growth is very compact. Dark green foliage is grown on rigid stems. Flowers best in full sun. Deadheading will promote additional blooms. 
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15"
Spread:  


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Veronica x 'Pink Explosion'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description: Flower plumes are tightly bunched with longer spikes of white flowers with a soft pink blush. Flowers gradually open from the bottom to the top resulting in an exceptionally long bloom time. Dark green compact foliage. Requires very little maintenance.
Bloom Color: :White with pink blush
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 12-15"


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Veronica x 'Purple Explosion'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description: Forms medium clumps of dark green foliage with large plumes of violet-purple flowers. Plumes are exceptionally dense and explode with masses of long radiating spikes, offering a bouquet of color. Exceptional long bloom time.
Bloom Color: Violet
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 12-15"


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Veronica 'Red Fox'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  A dimunitive form of veronica, 'Red Fox' is a good selection for small spaces or the front of the border. The bright fuchsia-pink flower spikes appear over a long time, in excess of five weeks, beginning in midsummer. Butterflies love to drink their sweet nectar.
Bloom Color: :Pink
Bloom Time: Early to Mid-Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 12-15"


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Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Masses of violet-blue spikes dart up above the compact, upright, deep green foliage of 'Royal Candles' all summer long. Butterflies love to drink their sweet nectar. Unlike some other veronicas, the bottom foliage of this variety does not die out. This trait coupled with its shorter habit makes it ideal for the front of the border, as an edging, or in containers. Many people consider this cultivar to be the best upright form of veronica.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: All Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 15"


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Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'
Speedwell
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Vivid violet-blue spikes dart up above the dark green, crinkly foliage of 'Sunny Border Blue' from midsummer into fall.  This variety was introduced in 1946 by Robert Bennerup, founder of Sunny Border Nurseries, and is still one of the most popular today. The Perennial Plant Association thought so highly of this plant in 1993 that they selected it for the Plant of the Year Award
Bloom Color: Violet-blue
Bloom Time: Mid-summer to Fall
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 15-20"


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Veronica 'Tidal Pool'
Speedwell
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Short groundcover type with small oak-like pubescent leaves. Bright violet-blue flowers with white centers bloom on short racemes late spring into early summer, forms dense mats that withstand some foot traffic, very drought and heat tolerant.
Bloom Color: Violet-blue
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 2-3"
Spread: 24-30"
 

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