Hebe

Family: Scrophulariaceae


Plant type Shrub
Height 6 inches to 3 feet
Spread 18 inches to 4 feet
Habit Spreading, low growing, bushy
Foliage Evergreen
Growth rate Slow to moderate
Interests Flowers, foliage
Uses Borders, rockery
Skill level Beginner
Maintenance None
Hardiness 8
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to part shade
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Slightly acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average, coastal
Flower colour Blue, pink, purple, red, white
Flower season Early summer to late summer
Flower size Medium to large
Foliage colour Green, yellow variegated, white variegated
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Stems
Features
Wildlife Bees, butterflies
Texture Medium, soft spikey

Hebes are a large group of evergreen shrubs. The most common varieties have large green or variegated leaves and lax spikes of flowers throughout summer. There are also dwarf and ground cover types which are grown largely for their colourful foliage.

Hebes are only moderately hardy (zones 8-10) but in warm regions cope well by the sea. They will grow in any reasonable garden soil in full sun or part shade.

 

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