Veronica peduncularis “Georgia Blue” is native to the nation not the U.S. state. (Richie Steffen)

Veronica peduncularis “Georgia Blue” is native to the nation not the U.S. state. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue,’ speedwell

What: Veronica peduncularis “Georgia Blue” comes from the nation in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, not from the U.S. state. This cold and tough terrain produces low growing and durable plants for our gardens. This vigorous groundcover is smothered in blue flowers from April through early June and sporadically all summer. But even when it is not flowering the evergreen, bronze foliage looks great all year. Effective in tough sunny locations and beautiful planted in great swaths for a low-maintenance cover that will suppress weeds once established. It’s common name is Georgia blue speedwell.

Where: This small groundcover prefers full sun to light or open shade. Provide a location with well-drained soil, although it will tolerate sand and clay if the drainage is adequate.

Size: The spreading perennial grows to be 6 inches tall and 4 feet wide.

Care: The evergreen is drought tolerant once established, but appreciates occasional watering during dry weather, especially in sandy soils. A light shearing after flowering will help keep it compact, but is not necessary.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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