Want an early bloomer?
'Georgia Blue' is a rare, new semi-prostrate
Veronica, and one of the few perennial cultivars that finds its peak in early spring.
In February through April (when most gardens are still bare or only show slight signs of green)
with abundant, profuse, brilliant
dotted by elegant
centers that are a significant attraction to
Another delightful feature, its foliage, is reddish-green in the spring, fading to light green.
In autumn and winter, the foliage turns from a bronze to ruddy purple.
evergreen to semi-evergreen
Georgia Blue only grows
4-6 inches high
and can quickly
creep and spread
2 or more feet, creating a shaggy, carpet-like covering.
It is neither invasive nor aggressive, though it does grow
by creeping rootstocks.
Adaptable to a
variety of soils
and heat tolerant,
Georgia Blue is extremely hardy and will perform at her best in moist, slightly to moderately acidic soil with excellent drainage.
Georgia Blue will softly wind about ferns and small perennials as well as
over rocks or spill out of containers,
where she offers the visual appeal of a gently flowing woodland stream.
Many gardeners enjoy her as a colorful
alternative to grass
Of course her greatest charm is the early flowers she offers winter-weary gardeners in springtime.
Georgia Blue was discovered in the former Soviet republic of Georgia in 1979.
Consider Georgia Blue as an underplanting for spring bulbs like daffodil and tulips who will easily protrude above her
resulting in two tiers of spring color.
This ground cover is a wonderful option for colder regions where it is difficult to find early-flowering plants, as it will survive temperatures below -20F.