Speedwell not speedy at all

(Question)

I planted some speedwell (Veronica) in my sunny, well-drained front garden in late May; a month later, the plants haven’t grown much.  What can I do?

(Answer)

Unlike annuals which grow to maturity in a single season, perennials such as this one take a while to become established. Soon after planting, it will expend energy on the development of a healthy and extensive root system. Depending on the growing conditions in your garden and the weather, your speedwell may not begin to spread until the end of the summer or even next year. Gardeners have a saying about perennials: first year, roots grow; second year, leaves grow; third year — watch out, the plant grows and blooms like crazy.