• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Veronica 'Shirley Blue'

speedwell 'Shirley Blue'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
  • Other common names speedwell 'Shirley Blue'

  • Synonyms Veronica austriaca 'Shirley Blue'
    Veronica austriaca subsp. teucrium 'Shirley Blue'

  • Family Plantaginaceae

  • Genus Veronica can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs with paired leaves and small flowers usually in terminal or axillary racemes or spikes

  • Details 'Shirley Blue' is an herbaceous perennial forming a mat to 25cm in height, with oblong, deeply toothed leaves and erect axillary racemes of bright blue flowers

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in loamy, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Garden Edging Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning Remove spent flowers to encourage compact habit and good flowering in the folowing year

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be subject to a downy mildew, powdery mildews and a leaf spot

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