The Veronica plant (Plantaginaceae) is the largest genus in the flowering plant family and includes about 500 species. Veronica can also go by the names of Speedwell, Bird's Eye, and Gypsyweed.
This attractive plant produces spikes of flowers that come in white, blue, pink and purple. Veronica can be herbaceous annuals, perennials or small shrubs. Growing 4 to 48 inches tall, the plants are quite easy to grow, reliable and long-lasting.
Plant in the spring and provide well-drained soil with full sun to partial shade. This sturdy plant can take clay or heavy, wet soils as long the soil is in a well-drained area.
Often overlooked, the Veronica plant has many great qualities and unlimited uses in a sunny garden. The showy flowers and attractive foliage provide color well into the fall, and these plants are striking when planted in groups. Use the taller varieties for borders and rock gardens, and the shorter growing plants work well in borders or as ground covers.
Tall varieties may have to be staked. If not pruned yearly, some varieties tend to get leggy. The best time to prune and shape them is in the spring, and regular deadheading during the blooming season can extend the flowering period.
Veronica is a must-have in a flower garden!