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.
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.