Georgia Blue Veronica
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
‘Georgia Blue’ veronica is a great edging plant for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes today on Southern Gardening.
‘Georgia Blue’ veronica is a four season perennial.
The flowers of ‘Georgia Blue’ are a clear sapphire blue with a fresh white eye. The foliage is evergreen. There are no serious insect pests.
‘Georgia Blue’ grows to 6 inches tall with a spread of up to 24 inches. It has a rambling growth habit that makes it perfect for combination planting with late season daffodils. The blue and yellow flowers are perfect together. Or pair with rustic red and orange pansies in the late spring with ‘Georgia Blue’ scrambling between. This plant grows and flowers best in full sun, but tolerates some light shade. Plant at the outside edges of your hosta garden and makes a good combination with ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ or ‘Deep Blue Sea’ blue hosta. As the weather cools in the fall season the tips of the foliage will begin to take on a bronze-red tint. Pairing with Bronze Beauty Ajuga makes for an attractive combination.
‘Georgia Blue’ is a fairly low maintenance perennial. Plant in moist well drained soil and after flowering trim the edge back, up to a third of the stems. This will keep the center full and the stems strong. Never trim back before flowering as this will reduce the number of blue flowers.
Propagation is easy as the stems will root where they touch the ground where you can snip off from the main plant, and relocate.
Pruning after the first flower flush will encourage repeat blooming. The encore will not be a showy but will continue to produce the lovely blue flowers after the annuals have given up in the late fall. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.