Beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds, this beautiful little ground cover is one of the first perennial flowers to bloom in late winter and early spring, lasting into summer. They grow easily in full sun and even partial shade, although they tend to produce more blooms in full sun. Be sure to work the soil enough to insure good drainage. They would rather not sit in wet, soggy soil, especially all winter.
This particular Veronica (pictured) will cascade over rocks or the edge of containers, but there are many types and shapes of Speedwell, from low growing mats, to taller plants with spiked flowers good for cutting and arranging. Leaf textures and flower shape and color are quite diverse. They can be used in the garden for many types of accents. Try them as border plants, ground covers, and accent plants in rock gardens or along walkways. Plant them in mass to produce an intense eye catching stretch of color. You can also plant the low creeping "steppable" varieties between pavers.
In certain parts of the world, Speedwell can be invasive, but that's not a problem here in the high desert.
Incidentally, there's also a girl band named Veronica Speedwell.