The Vernique® Rose Veronica, otherwise known as the Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ or Arrowwood Viburnum Blue Muffin®, American Arrow Wood Blue Muffin®, Arrow Wood Blue Muffin®, Southern Arrow Wood Blue Muffin®, Viburnum dentatum ‘Christom’, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, taking care of your Vernique® Rose Veronica is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Vernique® Rose Veronica Care Guide. Now let’s get started.
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Vernique® Rose Veronica can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Vernique® Rose Veronica prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
- Light: Keep your Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Vernique® Rose Veronica in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, loam, and clay.
That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Vernique® Rose Veronica this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Vernique® Rose Veronica belongs to the Viburnaceae family, the genus Viburnum and the species Dentatum, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ (veh-RON-ih-ka lon-jee-FOH-lee-uh).
As with other Viburnum’s, the Vernique® Rose Veronica is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Vernique® Rose Veronica is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.
With this in mind, the Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ will be most used to regions where the plant hardiness level falls between 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Vernique® Rose Veronica is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But, how big does the Vernique® Rose Veronica actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…
The Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ can grow up to 5′ – 7′ (150cm – 210cm) in 5′ – 7′ (150cm – 210cm) and 5′ – 7′ (150cm – 210cm) in 5′ – 7′ (150cm – 210cm).
These dimensions make the Vernique® Rose Veronica a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 72″ – 96″ (180cm – 240cm) free so the Vernique® Rose Veronica can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Vernique® Rose Veronica is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Vernique® Rose Veronica in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, moist, and occasionally dry properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Vernique® Rose Veronica is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.
As mentioned earlier, the Vernique® Rose Veronica prefers to have soil with good drainage, moist, and occasionally dry properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, loam, and clay.
This is why most experts agree that the Vernique® Rose Veronica requires soil with clay, loam (silt), sand, and shallow rocky, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral to acid soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Vernique® Rose Veronica requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ in from full or deep shade (no direct sunlight or at most 2 hours per day), to little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a herbaceous plant, the Vernique® Rose Veronica will die back to the ground every year.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.
You can expect your Vernique® Rose Veronica to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its long bloom season, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Vernique® Rose Veronica produces some beautiful pink, or white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Vernique® Rose Veronica have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ to be around (3-6 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Vernique® Rose Veronica is well known for being able to attract butterflies and birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for clay soil, drought and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ will be fine.
Does your Vernique® Rose Veronica have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.
Most Veronica Longifolia ‘Vernique Rose’ owners agree that this shrub will look great in most cottage and mediterranean gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage styles.
In particular, the Vernique® Rose Veronica’s best location within your garden is in hedges and screens, beds and borders, and in small gardens, others use it for landscaping in a container, edging, border, cutting garden, or a mass planting.
Vernique® Rose Veronica’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Gaura, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Pennstemon will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Vernique® Rose Veronica, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.