Veronica, Speedwell 'Sunny Border Blue'


Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica (veh-RON-ih-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunny Border Blue
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Aurora, Colorado

Lewes, Delaware

Atlanta, Georgia

Dalton, Georgia

Lula, Georgia

Ladd, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois

Nashville, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Earlham, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Milton, Kentucky

Prospect, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Zachary, Louisiana

North Yarmouth, Maine

Buffalo, Minnesota

Hopkins, Minnesota

Mound, Minnesota

Wyoming, Minnesota

Monroe City, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Saint Charles, Missouri

Elba, New York

Smithtown, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbia Station, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Tallmadge, Ohio

Newalla, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Schulter, Oklahoma

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Bolivar, Tennessee

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas (2 reports)

Gilmer, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Nevada, Texas

Princeton, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Essex Junction, Vermont

Locust Dale, Virginia

Concrete, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Appleton, Wisconsin

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 7, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Despite all the hype, when I compare it to other veronicas, I find this cultivar a disappointment. Partly it's that I find the twisty-wrinkled foliage ugly even when it's healthy. I also find it's more subject than most upright veronicas to the foliar diseases that often trouble them.

In their 2010 veronica performance evaluation, the Chicago Botanic Garden gave this cultivar a rating of only two stars out of 5. [[email protected]] Only 12 of the 61 cultivars rated scored so low. The reason for the low rating was the amount and frequency of winter kill and crown damage. All veronicas I know need good drainage in winter, and the Chicago test... read more


On Mar 3, 2016, smcatl from Atlanta, GA wrote:

This plant exploded in our garden last summer after being planted in April. It bloomed all the latter part of the summer right into November and went from its 3.5 inch pot size to a foot across. In one season! Honeybees loved it. We're in intown Atlanta.


On May 9, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

On a scale of 1 to 10 this is a 20 for me. I had given up on speedwells, as the lower foliage always gets dry and unsightly---even with regular watering. The flowers are pretty enough but all bloom at once then take forever to produce flowers when deadheaded. Not so with Sunny Border Blue. The lush fresh foliage is a beautiful change; the blooms are sturdy and large. This plant blooms non-stop! It continually sends out new side shoots and the flowers themselves last a long time. Its growth was so robust last summer (its first year) that I was able to take 3 new plants from the edges this spring. The new plants are already springing to life with new growth. I love the cobalt blue. I'm back on the fan wagon for this one. My soil is sandy loam with highly nutritional mulch. I see ... read more


On Jul 20, 2011, mizzzzzbee from Dallas, TX wrote:

Sunny Border Blue is fantastic! I've grown it here in Dallas, Texas (HOT zone 8), for about 3-4 years, from plants put in at various times of the year. They overwinter beautifully, but what I love about them is their almost continual blue bloom---even now when we've had WEEKS of 100+ temp. We're in a long-lingering drought now (July 20), so I do give them plenty of water. But I'm amazed at how well they do in this heat (no cool-off at night!). I have them in front of roses and they look beautiful!


On Jul 6, 2011, greyandamy from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

One of my favorite plants this summer. I don't have any problems (yet) with any mildew or browning foliage. This has almost blue flowers and is extremely long blooming, low maintance. If it continues to live up to how it's been doing, I could have tons of these plants.


On Aug 30, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I just planted 3 of these in a border this summer. They haven't bloomed yet, but they are already a little over 3 feet tall. I thought they were supposed to be about 2 feet tall? Anyway, they are obscuring the plants behind them, so I will have to move them in the spring. Compared to other varieties of veronica I've had, these are sturdier and have better/healthier looking foliage. I'll reserve overall judgment until I move them next year and see how they do.


On Jul 1, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant has beautiful lush dark green leaves, i have 2 of these plants with huge beautiful dark blue tall candle like flowers on each. they dont get as big as blue salvia but i prefer these due to this large dark geen foliage as well; as the salvia is light green and usually turns limey looking and wilty in its foliage color during the summer due to nitrogen loss from watering and intense summer heat here in n.c..the speedwell 'sunny border blues' leaves so far are still dark and beautiful!! mike.


On Sep 18, 2009, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Excellent perennial in my garden! Looks nice and green and healthy all summer long. I get good blooms on it, then after the blooms are about 2/3 the way done, I shear them off. It reblooms even nicer then! The plant gets bigger every year. It's a keeper here. No mildew, no flopping at all. If you do experience any flopping then trim back the older foilage and it will reward you with not only more blooms but a bushier, stronger plant.
I also saw a hummingbird trying to buzz around it to drink!


On Aug 15, 2008, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The lower leaves seem to always mildew and the stems flop. I have been more impressed with 'Royal Candles.'


On Jun 26, 2008, gapchwillow from Macomb, IL wrote:

I've only had this plant for 2 years, but in comparison with the other perennials in my sunny border, I'm very disappointed with it so far. We have had a lot of wind and rain this spring/early summer, and the Veronica did not fare well. The foliage is quite messy looking right now between the floppiness and the ugly mildew. I put a plant support ring around the plant after I realized that it needed some help, but now it's just kind of flopped all in one direction as opposed to laying all over the ground. I guess next year I'll try putting a plant support with the divided sections over it and let it grow through. I do like the shape of the blooms and the color. I'm not going to give up on the plant, but I'm certainly not going to buy another.


On Jul 21, 2007, Seandor from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Super plant - bees and butterflies love it. BUT it does have "ugly knees" You will want to plant a something shorter in front to hide it's unattractive lower part of the stems.

I am going to collect seeds this year and see if they are viable.


On Apr 28, 2006, chinacat from Smithtown, NY wrote:

This is a beautiful and hardy plant! I planted two of them last year- one grew perfectly, the other needed t be staked a bit. They attract bees and butterflies. I have mine in full sun, with relatively poor soil.

Both plants are coming in nicely this spring, though the one that had to be staked last year is not as big as the other plant that grew perfectly. I think I am noticing two small seedlings of speedwell that are growing about three to four feet away from the original plantings--so this plant may spread a bit. I'll wait and see what happens!


On Apr 18, 2006, KaiB from Mound, MN wrote:

This was given to me as a birthday gift last May and did beautifully last summer. I live in Mound, MN (a suburb of the Twin Cities).


On Apr 10, 2006, CarolynBF from Florissant, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is an attractive, spiky, showy, and compact plant for anyone who enjoys blue/purple blooms. I'm very pleased with its hardiness in my flower bed, even though I'm sometimes lax on fertilizing and watering!
Butterflies love it.
The plant label says it was "Perennial Plant of the Year 1993."


On Jun 24, 2004, breannawood from Milton, KY wrote:

This is a very strong, hardy flower, which I'm very glad of since my husband pulled a hose over it the other day and it didn't break the stem. ;) They don't require much work besides the occasional watering and deadheading. It takes very little effort to get these plants up and going.


On May 21, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I like the plant but it appears that whiteflies do, too. The plant makes such thick foliage that some of the inner lower leaves yellow and fall from lack of light. It is going to be a challenge to spray thoroughly because of the compact growth. I have not had any mildew problems yet.


On May 20, 2004, lightningbug from Buffalo, MN wrote:

Positive because it survives a MN Zone 3 winter and does grow a ***little*** larger each year, although it is pretty, Veronica Red Fox appears much hardier in the frozen tundra. I've never had a mildew problem with any of my speedwells, but that could be that nothing can stop the party once the sun shines on them here. Lightning Bug


On Oct 1, 2003, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted my veronica in the spring and it did beautifully. when the blooms started to fade and die, I dead headed it and the blooms started all over again, from the bottom up.


On Sep 16, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, TX
I have had 2 of these planted in one of my perennial beds for 12 years. They reliably return each spring and provide beautiful color with their rich green foliage and striking blooms. Mine have suffered from mildew also when I have over watered them or when we have received a huge amount of rain which isn't often. Now, I only water them when they start to wilt somewhat. It is best to lay the hose on the ground by the plant base rather than water from above. Stem cuttings root easily. The plants spread into neat clumps which become larger every year. If in bloom, after heavy rain some stems have had to be staked. They perform best in full sun, require little care and bloom continuously from late spring until the first frost. The Perennial Plant Association selected it... read more


On Sep 15, 2003, echoes from South of Winnipeg, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

This veronica is hardy in my zone 3, southern Manitoba garden. This year the lower leaves were a mess from mildew, but it's not usually a problem.