Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Best performance occurs with consistent, regular moisture with sharp soil drainage (particularly in winter). Tolerates light shade. Remove spent flower spikes to encourage additional bloom. Plants may be cut back to basal growth after flowering.
Veronica is a genus of about 250 species of annuals, perennials and some sub-shrubs mainly from Europe.
Genus name honors Saint Veronica who reportedly gave a handkerchief to Jesus so he could wipe sweat from his face on the way to Calvary, with some genus plants having markings that resemble the markings on the sacred handkerchief.
'Giles Van Hees' is a low-growing veronica which typically grows to only 6" tall. Slowly spreading plants with small, lance-shaped, medium green leaves are topped in summer by dense, vertical terminal spikes of tiny reddish-pink flowers.
No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot may occur in wet, poorly-drained soils.
Rock gardens, foundations, border fronts and other sunny spots in the landscape. Good edging plant. Best grown in groups or massed. Containers.