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01/08/2013 at 08:42

I'm growing veronicastrums this year.  Lovely mid height spikes of subtle blues, whites and pinks.  Nice "exclamation marks" in the borders.  

Anyone growing these perennials?   What varieties and opinions of them?

01/08/2013 at 09:06

Hi Verdun

I have grown a lilac form for a few years. I love its height and that it doesnt need staking. It is a magnet for bees and the skeletal remains of the flowers look good into the winter. Generally a lovely plant

01/08/2013 at 11:18

I've got a lilac one as well Verdun. It's good this year but doesn't increase much. Been here for years and only four stems. Apart from the last 2 years I think it's a bit dry for it

01/08/2013 at 11:20


01/08/2013 at 18:30

Yes nut, I think a bit of moisture is required.  They look classy and subtle ESP over low mounds or sprawling geraniums

01/08/2013 at 19:55

Just ordered few more veronicastrums....just love those slender spires.  New one called Cupid and one called Red Arrows look good.

01/08/2013 at 23:21

I've got blue, pink and white ones - all called something spires (obviously  the plant namers with imagination had all gone home early that day) .  The bees loves them and they flower for ages at the front of my borders.  Had the blue ones for 3 years, and they are forming bigger clumps.  The others are new this year.  Would get you some pictures daisy but its dark !  Maybe tomorrow ....

02/08/2013 at 08:21

Would I have beought these from Wilkos as dried up root balls under the name 'veronica'? If so I have them too and they are growing but have not flowered yet!

02/08/2013 at 09:40

No, Veronica is different.   I think they are of the same family....leaves, flowers and habit are same.  Veronicastrum grow more elegantly to 4' and are less floriferous but flower slightly later with more subtle paler colours.  Veronicastrums are the classy cousins of Veronicas!

02/08/2013 at 17:51

We have a pink one which has produced fasciated flowers every year since we got it. Makes them into a very substantial blossom.

02/08/2013 at 19:15

Well in that case I have misled you - mine are veronicas (the poor cousins).  However, having gone to the effort of taking photos, I am going to post them anyway.

 They may not be classy, but I rather like them ..... and so do the bees

02/08/2013 at 21:38

that pink one looks classy enough to me

03/08/2013 at 03:33

I grow Veronica's too.  Love them...not really poor relations cos their colours and form are lovely in the garden

03/08/2013 at 03:49

I've a couple in, not sure which one's now you've thrown me with the two cousins.  I'm going to check in the morning.  I like that blue one chicky that's a nice blue. Would you say the bee's prefer the pink one's? Those bee's look mighty big, much bigger than the one's i see.

03/08/2013 at 08:52

Pink one looks like veronicastrum to me, albeit a bushy one.

Veronicas are lovely plants.....didn't mean to suggest otherwise.  I grow lots of them

03/08/2013 at 08:56

Pink one looks like veronicastrum to me, albeit a bushy one

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