SORRY, CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK. This compact speedwell is like an all-summer long party, as it will keep sending up attention-demanding flower spikes in a look-at-me shade of neon pink. Veronica First Love arrives early and leaves late, like any well-trained party animal. Cut back old spikes to keep the show going. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 12 in. 1 litre pot.

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There have been quite a number of new varieties of veronica appearing on the market recently, but First Love remains one of our top favourites and is certainly a popular choice with customers, both online and on the nursery. The vibrant pink colour of the flowers certainly takes the eye, and the strong upright growth habit and long flowering season combine to make it a winner of a plant. We have to say we prefer the more low-growing veronicas, as they tend not to flop, unlike their bigger siblings. So First Love is probably a better bet than Red Fox, say. At least, that’s what we say.

Looking after Veronica First Love should be easy. A little bit of deadheading maintains successive blooming and then it can be cut back hard as winter sets in. In a hot summer keep it reasonably well watered to avoid any risk of mildew setting in.

If you’re thinking the genus name sounds like a person rather than a plant, you’re probably not too far wrong as Veronica was the name adopted by Carl Linnaeus in continuation of long precedent of this name being used to describe plants of the type. Ultimately it seems to be associated with the first century Saint Veronica, reputed to have offered her veil to Jesus to wipe his forehead of sweat as he carried his cross to Golgotha.

Some rather gorgeous closeup views of Veronica First Love in the following short video. This was in fact uploaded by the Dutch plant breeder responsible for the Veronica First series, Rene van Gaalen .

Veronica First Love is a compact hardy perennial with spikes of shocking pink flowers throughout summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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