I’ve mentioned before that my father loved blue flowers, that’s why he always had Veronica growing somewhere in his garden.
Gardeners who love the colour blue know that veronica provides some of the clearest, truest blues in the perennial border. Other flower colours are also available, including pink, rose and white. Veronicas have flower spikes that are composed of dozens of densely arranged, small florets, that open progressively from the base upwards to form a long lasting spike.
I love using this very versatile plant along my garden paths and in the seating areas, where butterflies can collect on this long-blooming flower.
Although low-growing varieties are available, the most common veronicas form attractive 30cm to 90cm tall mounds. Narrow spikes of tiny flowers adorn the plant in midsummer and are superb in bouquets.
The lower spreading varieties seldom exceed 10cm in height and are a very good groundcover addition in your garden.
Veronica can be a workhorse in the cut flower garden; it will provide a full second crop of stems if cut down completely to the ground after the first harvest. Veronica is a spiky or linear type flower that provides movement, action, or life to an arrangement, and is long lasting in the vase.
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