Hannah Holman 5th June 2018

A-Z of Plants

A-Z of Plants

Hebes are a fantastic plant for edging, borders, rockeries and containers. These evergreen shrubs can come in both small and large-leaved varieties. They range from small bushes to tree-like varieties and can grow from anywhere between 20 cm and 120 cm in height and spread.

The name ‘Hebe’ comes from the Greek goddess of youth who fed nectar and ambrosia to the gods. The vast majority of Hebes originate from New Zealand.

Hebes are a relatively versatile yet low maintenance plant, but will perform better in certain conditions. They are best grown in full sun or partial shade and prefer well-drained soils. Hebes have particularly low nutrient requirements so will tolerate some amount of neglect. They only require watering when grown in extremely dry conditions. A small amount of pruning in early spring is about all the attention they need which will ensure your Hebes fulfill their full potential.

Hebes are fantastic for filling in a dull spot of the garden and offer year-round decorative leaves and colourful flowers throughout summer and into autumn. Flowers come in a range of colours from pinks, purples and whites. These attractive, nectar-filled flowers are superb for attracting butterflies and other pollinators.

One of our favourite varieties is Hebe rakaiensis which is a compact evergreen variety. It has small, bright green leaves and produces spikes of white flowers throughout summer.


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