Handsome plants ranging from less than an inch high to 2 ft. in height. Masses of small (1/4–1/2 in.-wide) flowers in white, rose, pink, or pale to deep blue make an effective display. Use in borders and rock gardens. Prostrate kinds are good between steppingstones and as bulb covers. Veronica (a perennial) is often confused with Hebe (a shrub).Veronica hybrids
The following are among the best varieties. Regular water, except as noted.
‘Blue Reflection’. Zones 2–9, 14–21. Forms a gray-green foliage mat to 3 in. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide, covered with blue flowers in midspring. Little to moderate water.
‘Goodness Grows’. Zones 1–7, 14–17. Grows to 1 ft. high and wide. Violet-blue blossoms over a long bloom period—from late spring to frost, if old flowers are removed.
‘Sunny Border Blue’. Zones A2, A3; 1–9, 14–21. Compact, clump-forming plant to 1 1/2–2 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide, with crinkled dark green leaves. Spires of dark violet-blue flowers appear in late spring or early summer; deadheading prolongs the show until frost.
‘Waterperry Blue’ (‘Waterperry’). Zones 2–9, 14–21. Low, trailing plant to 4–6 in. high and 1 1/2 ft. or more wide; roots as it spreads. Small, rounded, bronze-tinted leaves. Loose clusters of pale blue flowers veined in deeper blue; main bloom in spring, with sporadic flowering throughout summer and fall.
All bear single flowers with a prominent sunburst of stamens in the center. Shallowly cup-shaped,...
These annual and perennial plants are grown as herbal remedies and for culinary use.