This old-fashioned perennial is a wonderful addition to the garden. Veronica comes in a variety of colors, but the most common one is the large-spiked ‘Sunny Border Blue’ and the ground cover ‘Waterperry Blue.’ Other varieties available are ‘Red Fox,’ ‘White Icicle,’ ‘Blue Charm,’ ‘Georgia Blue,’ and ‘Pink.’
Veronica blooms from March through September, but the ground cover began blooming in February in 2005. When the tall spikes of the upright flowers are cut back after a heavy flush of bloom, it will re-bloom quickly. The height of the flowers is 6″ to 24″, and it spreads to 12″ to 18″, depending on variety. Spacing should be 9″ to 12″ apart. Veronica likes full sun to partial shade and is a wonderful lure for butterflies.
Veronica is available at most nurseries, but Weston Gardens in Fort Worth is an English garden with acres of demonstration gardens and it specializes in old-fashioned flowers that are adapted for Texas.
Mary McGee, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service