VERONICA hybrid ‘Baby Doll’

Speedwell –

0485 Some plants have upright spikes of flowers, others form low mounds suitable for edging or the rock garden. Blooms in summer.

This is a Speedwell from the Netherlands, with a particularly compact habit. Plants form bushy clumps of bright-green leaves, bearing tapering spikes of deep-pink flowers in mid summer. Remove faded spikes to encourage more buds to form. Excellent for edging, in the rock garden or in containers.

Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item. 

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Speedwell
Baby Doll
Perennial
4
Summer
Deep Pink
Deep Green


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10″
12-18″

Site Selection
Select a site with full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Planting Instructions
Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.

Care
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Stake tall varieties to keep them upright. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.

Companion Plants
Coreopsis – Zagreb coreopsis has strong yellow daisy flowers over thread-like leaves that combine well with ‘Blue Peter’ veronica in sun.
Lady’s mantle – The chartreuse foamy flower sprays of lady’s mantle are an attractive foil for Sunny Border Blue veronica in early summer.
Salvia – Echo the vertical spikes of violet blue salvia with the vertical spikes of white Icicle veronica. They enjoy similar situations.

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