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Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'

Veronica grandis 'Sunny Border Blue'

'Sunny Border Blue' Speedwell

Named after the nursery in Kensington, Connecticut where it was developed, this cultivar adds a wonderful richness from both foliage and flowers to any garden picture.

PRONUNCIATION vurr-RAHN-ih-kuh GRANN-diss
COMMON NAME Speedwell
SYNONYMS  
DERIVATION grandis = graceful
FAMILY Scrophulariaceae - Figwort
TYPE dense, compact, bushy herbaceous perennial
USES good for edging or massing, cutting, deer-resistant
FLOWER in short spikes, some split into a 2-pronged tip
COLOUR rich, deep purple, variously described as dark violet-blue, indigo-blue or deep navy blue
FOLIAGE unusually wrinkled, beautifully textured, mildew-resistant, fresh- looking throughout the growing season
COLOUR bright green and shiny, sometimes described as rich, dark green
HARDINESS Zone 3
EXPOSURE full sun to light shade
SOIL average to rich, moist, well-drained
WATER medium; avoid over-watering as wet soil may encourage root rot
HEIGHT 18-20"; some sources say to 2', others say to 3'
SPREAD 18" to 24"
BLOOM May to October
STAKING yes
DEADHEAD yes; like many forms of veronica, this one will reward you with renewed blooming after deadheading, often to late October
PROBLEMS no serious problems
AFTERCARE  
FALL CARE cut to ground level
PROPAGATION by division in spring or fall every 4 to 5 years; by stem cuttings in early to mid-summer
SEED CULTURE  
FERTILIZER not necessary
MULCH not necessary
FORMS Veronica grandis: species, similar to Veronica spicata but with broader, shinier leaves
Veronica grandis var. holophylla: with broad, heart-shaped leaves
Veronica grandis 'Blue Charm', synonym V. g. 'Lavender Charm'
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Veronica 'Crater Lake Blue' - a 12-18" x 12" true blue Speedwell
Veronica 'Icicle' - an 18-24" white
Veronica 'Goodness Grows' - a 12" x 12-18" deep purple edger
Veronica chamaedrys 'Miffy Brute' - a spreading variegated groundcover for sun or shade
Veronica spicata 'Red Fox' - a 12-24" pink edger
Veronica 'Blue Spires' - 3' x 2-3' purple, mid-late summer bloomer
Veronica gentianoides - 24" x 18", icy blue, early blooming edger
Veronica whitleyi - 2-4" x 12-18" ground-hugger for full sun


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The images below show the variety of flower colour, form and size available in this species.
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Veronica 'Crater Lake Blue' Veronica 'Icicle' Veronica 'Goodness Grows' Veronica 'Miffy Brute' - variegated groundcover

Veronica spicata 'Red Fox' Veronica 'Blue Spires' Veronica gentianoides - Gentian Speedwell Veronica  whitleyi - 2-4


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Paeonia tenuifolia  |  Papaver somniferum  |  Rudbeckia  |  Salvia 'East Friesland'

Trollius  |  Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'

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