Veronica spicata 'Giles Van Hees' (Spike Speedwell)
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Veronica spicata 'Giles Van Hees' (Spike Speedwell)

Spike Speedwell 'Giles Van Hees', Veronica 'Giles Van Hees'


Perfect for small gardens, Veronica spicata 'Giles Van Hees' (Spike Speedwell) is a compact, clump-forming perennial producing upright spikes of star-shaped, rose-pink flowers from early to late summer. Attractive to butterflies, the flowers open from the base upward and sway above the bushy foliage mound of lance-shaped, bright green leaves. Compact and bushy, this dwarf speedwell is ideal for the front of the border, as an edging, or in containers where it will create a long-lasting impact. An easy and carefree plant.

  • Grows up to 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade. Best performance occurs with consistent moisture combined with sharp soil drainage.
  • Perfect choice for borders, cottage gardens or containers. Good edging plant too. Exceptional as cut flowers. Best when planted in groups.
  • Easy to grow, Speedwell requires very low care and is fairly pest and disease-free (some susceptibility to mildew). It is attractive to butterflies, but resistant to rabbit and deer.
  • Remove spent flowers to promote additional blooms. Shear back the foliage if it becomes worn-looking after flowering.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Veronica - Speedwells
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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