Veronica spicata f nana ‘Blauteppich’
BLUE CARPET VERONICA
Veronica spicata f nana ‘Blauteppich’ has tapering spires of bright blue for most of the summer months.
Carpet of blue for long over summer
Veronica spicata f nana ‘Blauteppich’ provides very showy plants, with flower spires approx. 15cm. high in a continuous display all through summer & autumn.
The blooms sit bolt upright above a ground hugging carpet of evergreen foliage.
So it is a very handy groundcover indeed – “nana” means dwarf.
Exceptionally long blooming groundcover
Hence the common name of “Blue Carpet Veronica”.
It certainly catches attention as it forms such dense pools of blue in the summer.
Good in dry & heat
Veronica spicata f nana ‘Blauteppich’ in Full Sun.
Though it can also tolerate some Partial Shade as long as it is not damp shade and is well aired.
It revels in good drainage. So it is right at home in sandy soil, gravel or rocky soil, as well as garden loam. It also appreciates lime and some fertilizer in spring.
However do not be too generous with the feed, particularly in good soil, as it flowers better and has even stronger, more compact growth if it does it a little tough.
Drought resistant & water-wise groundcover
Hardy Veronica spicata f nana ‘Blauteppich’ is a drought resistant plant, water-wise and needing very little supplementary water.
So your groundcover will keep on smiling through periods of heat and dry.
Equally tough in frost
Blue Carpet Veronica is equally resistant to hard frosts because it can tolerate temperatures down to at least -15C and well below, depending on conditions.
Magnet for bees, butterflies & other insect friends
Bees and butterflies are drawn to irresistibly to the flowers of Blue Carpet Veronica because of abundant nectar.
And it provides such a reliable food supply for our flying friends.
Because of the exceptionally long and consistent blooming through months when so many other plants have given up in the heat.
But no friend to rabbits and deer
Thankfully the flavour of Veronica is not appealing to our nibbling foes.
Low care & easy maintenance
Veronica spicata f nana ‘Blauteppich’ is an evergreen perennial groundcover.
The only work to keep it growing perfectly is to cut back the spent flower stems at the end of the season, right back to the base of evergreen foliage.
Blue Carpet Veronica is rarely if ever troubled by pests or diseases. Though mildew may occur if it is kept too damp or without good air flow.
15cm. High spires of vivid blue x 45cm. Wide low clump of evergreen foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Sow all year in punnets indoors / scatter in the garden in spring or autumn.
INDOORS: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then pat gently to the surface to ensure good contact.
Now barely cover the seed with sieved mix / vermiculite / or fine sandy grit.
Because these seeds need light to germinate, so do not bury them.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing in a shallow water bath.
And allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface from below.
Then place the punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
You can use a heat mat if you have one, or a warm window sill (out of the sun).
Temperatures of 18-22C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
Continue to keep moist by misting from a spray water bottle as required.
Covering the punnet with a clear plastic lid also helps top maintain consistent moisture.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-28 days.
SEED COUNT: 20 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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