Veronica spicata. The 30-38cm (12-15") tall, tapered spires of deep blue flowers attract bees and butterflies from spring to late summer. This perennial works equally well in the flower bed and as a container plant, and its cut flowers are long lasting. Grow Blue Bouquet Veronica in full sun in fertile, moist soil for the longest bloom period. It looks splendid in larger containers. This unusual perennial blooms in the first year of growth, but just gets better as the years pass. This variety comes as pelleted seeds and is sold by seed count. Blue Bouquet have pelleted seeds for easy handing. Hardy to Zone 3.
Veronica is also known as Bird’s-eye and Speedwell. It is a popular hardy perennial that grows upright with multiple spires of intensely blue flowers. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow Veronica from seed.
Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Veronica is hardy to Zone 3.
Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out, or direct sow outdoors in early spring, or in early autumn where winters are mild.
Sow on the surface of the soil, under bright lights if starting indoors. Transplant in early spring for flowers the first year.
Water and deadhead regularly, but feed only occasionally. Rich soil results in weak plants. Flowering may be limited in hot weather. Cut back to the ground in the autumn.