NEW INTRODUCTIONS OF VERONICA SPICATA X LONGIFOLIA HYBRIDS
Veronica hybrid Plumosa Series
The entire series is protected by breeder rights in Europe and the USA
Asexual propagation is strictly prohibited
Veronica, commonly known as Speedwell or bird’s-eye, is recommended as a reliable garden plant, prized by gardeners, nice-looking and attracting attention for their elegancy. These long-blooming, easy care perennials show their spiky flowers throughout Spring and Summer and even early Autumn. Their popularity increased during recent years, due to the introduction of many hybrid cultivars with new colours and improved plant forms. Whether planted at the front, middle or back of the border, their slender wands enliven the garden with colour. Flowers at the base of the inflorescence bloom first, with subsequent buds opening steadily in an upward fashion.
Though there are about 250 different species of Veronica known, the so-called ‘spiked speedwell’, Veronica spicata is one of the most attractive species which is familiar to gardeners. Veronica spicata and their hybrids are easily to grow, clump forming perennials for the sunny border. Most are relatively compact and have upright well-branched flower spikes and can be long-lived, provided that garden soils drain freely, which is especially important during winter months. Veronica spicata itself requires little maintenance and is absolutely hardy. A midsummer shearing after the first bloom promotes healthy new, basal foliage and encourages late summer flowering. Plants grown in less light will not bloom as profusely and may become lax or open in habit.
Brand new is the Veronica spicata x longifolia PLUMOSA Series, available in four varieties. Plumosa Amethyst Plume; Plumosa Blue Plume; Plumosa Hot Pink Plume and Plumosa Lavender Plume. It is a surprisingly new shape in Veronica. The Astilbe-look-alike shape of the flower-head shows countless individual flowers. The 50cm long stems are extremely sturdy which makes this series an excellent cut flowers as well as a real attractive bouquet filler. These outstanding, very floriferous, stem topping varieties, combined with the strong and dark green foliage are extremely showy. It are durable plants , bloomers which colours the garden from late Spring into early Autumn. These Astilbe-look-alike speedwells exhibit strong habits and excellent flower production throughout the season. The floriferous nature of the Veronica spicata x longifolia Plumosa series is evident. It attracts butterflies as well. When deadheading(removing) the faded flower spikes, new flowers occur constantly.