Plant profile for Veronicastrum Red Arrows
The flowers of Veronicastrum Sibericum Red Arrows are not the colour which you may well expect them to be.
Performance in our garden
This is the second season that this Veronicastrum has been in the main border of the back garden.
Three plants positioned around the Standard Holly shrub, give an architectural look. Quite pleasing to the eye and they have also thickened out since last year.
The pictures above were taken in early June. See how the bronze, cup like foliage seem to be preparing for the candle like blooms to appear.
Can you see the reason for naming this one (Red Arrows)? I suppose the stems and young foliage very loosely come under the spectrum.
The pale purple blooms were fully developed by June 18th. Each stem carries a single flower spike
The very last picture below was taken in mid July last year. See how multiple, smaller flower spikes take over from the single one.
I am very pleased with the performance of this perennial in the main border of our Cheshire back garden. It appears to be pretty much trouble free and I am sure it would also do well in Aberdeen. Probably blooming a couple of weeks later.
Veronicastrum Sibericum Red arrows is a fully hardy perennial which blooms between late June and early August.
Several rosettes of tiered mid green/bronze leaves are carried along the four foot stems. The final rosette at the top carries the flower spike. Once faded, cut it back and allow the multiple shorter flowers to take over
Red Arrows is one of those perennials which are slower than many to develop. You will still get flowers in the first season, however division will not be required for a good few years.
Quick check details
Height *** 120cm/4ft
Hardiness *** fully hardy perennial
Flowers *** pale purple spikes, late June/July possibly going into August
Position *** full sun/partial? shade
Soil *** any reasonable garden soil enriched with compost when planting
Our Cheshire garden in June
Now in its third season since creating our back garden, rapid growth of perennials astound me.
Here we have the front garden which is a mix of, shrubs,perennials and annuals.
In my next post I will finally be in a position to show my major project which has taken place out front. Well, its pretty major for an old timer like me.
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