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Very Van Gogh Speedwell

Veronica 'Very Van Gogh'

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Very Van Gogh Speedwell (Veronica 'Very Van Gogh') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Veronica 'Very Van Gogh' flowers

Veronica 'Very Van Gogh' flowers

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Very Van Gogh Speedwell (Veronica 'Very Van Gogh') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Veronica 'Very Van Gogh' in bloom

Veronica 'Very Van Gogh' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

An easy to grow and virtually maintenance-free variety; numerous, multi-branched scapes produce lovely rosy-purple flowers from the bottom up; makes an ideal garden accent, great in rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Very Van Gogh Speedwell has masses of beautiful spikes of rose flowers with purple overtones rising above the foliage from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its glossy pointy leaves remain forest green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Very Van Gogh Speedwell is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Very Van Gogh Speedwell is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Very Van Gogh Speedwell will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Very Van Gogh Speedwell is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features