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Plant Profile: ‘Goodness Grows’ Speedwell (Veronica ‘Goodness Grows’)

Blue spikes in the garden are always welcome and ‘Goodness Grows’ is one of the best. The deep blue flowers clothe erect stems to form a bushy clump about 12” high over a long bloom season. Deadheading prolongs the bloom time and cutting the plant back by half results in a second bloom so you can have ‘Goodness Grows’ blooming most of the gardening season beginning in spring. Use at the front of the border, in rock garden or as a ground cover. Good cut flower.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Deep blue flowers are borne in 6” racemes beginning in late spring.

Foliage: Lanceolate, medium green leaves

Size: 10-12” H x 6-12” W

Light: Full sun; tolerates light shade

Soil: Average, moist, well-drained; does not tolerate wet soil especially in winter

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Deadhead to prolong bloom; cut back to ½ after bloom for rebloom; divide every 2-3 years in spring.

Pests and Diseases: None of importance; susceptible to rot in wet soil

Propagation: Division in spring

Companion plants: Red oriental poppy, ‘Big Ear’ lamb’s ear, tickseed ‘Moonbean’ (Coreopsis verticilla ‘Moonbeam’).

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