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Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ (Spike Speedwell)

Spike Speedwell 'Sunny Border Blue', Veronica spicata 'Sunny Border Blue'

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Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue', Speedwell 'Sunny Border Blue', Blue Flowers, Blue flower spikes, Violet Flowers, Violet flower spikes
Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue', Speedwell 'Sunny Border Blue', Blue Flowers, Blue flower spikes, Violet Flowers, Violet flower spikes

Highly popular, Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ (Spike Speedwell) is a bushy, upright, clump-forming perennial producing dense, slender spikes of star-shaped, vivid violet-blue flowers from midsummer to fall. Attractive to butterflies, the flowers open from the base upward and sway above the luxurious foliage mound of lance-shaped, dark green, crinkly leaves. Prized by gardeners since its introduction in 1946, it deserves a place in every garden.

  • 1993 Perennial Plant of the Year
  • Grows in bushy, upright clumps, up to 18-24 in. high (45-60 cm) and 15-20 in. wide (37-50 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, coastal gardens, rock 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.
  • Propagation is easily achieved by division or vegetative cuttings.

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 Plantaginaceae
Genus Veronica
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" - 20"
(40cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Salt, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Veronica Longifolia 'First Memory', Garden speedwell 'First Memory', Long-leaved speedwell 'First Memory', Beach speedwell 'First Memory'
Veronica Very Van Gogh, Spike Speedwell Very Van Gogh, Blue Flowers, Purple flower spikes, Purple Veronica, Purple Speedwell
Veronica Blue Skywalker, Spike Speedwell Blue Skywalker, Blue Flowers, Blue flower spikes, Blue Veronica
Veronica spicata 'Snow Candles', Spike Speedwell 'Snow Candles', White Flowers, White flower spikes, White Speedwell, White Veronica
Veronica repens, Creeping Speedwell, Corsican Speedwell, Veronica reptans, Ground covers, Blue Groundcover, White Groundcover, Blue Ground cover, White Ground cover
Veronica perfoliata, Digger's Speedwell, Parahebe perfoliata, Hebe perfoliata, Blue Speedwell, Blue Veronica, Evergreen Speedwell, Evergreen Veronica

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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.
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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 Plantaginaceae
Genus Veronica
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" - 20"
(40cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Salt, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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