Further Information about Hebe Hedging
Hebe is easy to grow and maintain making it an incredibly versatile plant and a useful addition to every garden. Named for the Greek Goddess of youth this pretty evergreen shrub can be used in beds, borders, containers, hedging and for ground cover. Hebe has very attractive foliage and pretty flowers ranging in colour from white through pink to lilac and purples which are very attractive to garden pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Hebes prefer a sunny spot, if grown in shade they tend to go leggy and lose their lovely shape. They do need a well drained site but will grow in any reasonably fertile soil. Suitable for coastal gardens as they can cope with salty winds but if planted inland it is best to choose a sheltered spot as cold winds in an exposed site can burn the newest shoots. If this happens a gentle trim of the damaged areas can encourage fresh new growth. To maintain the plants shape all that is needed is a light trim after flowering, the dead flowers can be removed improving the appearance of the plant and encouraging a second flush of flowers in milder years.
Hebe Blue Gem Hebe x fransiscana Blue Gem – eye-catching vivid blue-purple flowers appear during the summer months and continue until early autumn. The mid green elongated leaves create an attractive backdrop of texture and colour to the flowers. This variety will grow to approximately 120cm by 120cm so is perfect for medium sized hedging.
Hebe Emerald Gem ‘ Green Globe’ – it is no surprise that this lovely little plant has been awarded the RHS Award of garden merit. Small white flowers appear in late summer above the bright green dainty leaves that form a tight mound, somewhat similar in appearance to a small box ball. No pruning needed so perfect in low maintenance gardens. Grows to 30cms in height.
Hebe Great Orme – long racemes of bright pink flowers appear abundantly from April through to August above long bright green leaves. A very pretty Hebe reaching 150cm so suitable as a medium sized flowering hedge.
Hebe Nicola’s Blush – a smaller growing Hebe growing to only 60cms making it perfect for smaller gardens and the front of borders. From the early summer months pale pink flowers appear, they gradually fade to white. A purple hue colours the bright green foliage in Autumn creating interest later in the year.
Hebe albicans ‘Red Edge’ –awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit this superb little Hebe is very versatile. Mounds of silvery green foliage that has a slight tinge of red around the edges create a stunning backdrop to the racemes of lilac flowers that bloom in June and July. Grows to a height of 45cms so can be used as a low hedge or ground cover.
Hebe brachysiphon ‘White Gem’ – a very easy plant to grow this compact and hardy little Hebe has also gained the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Spikes of white flowers appear above the pale green leaves in June and July. Grows to 50cm.
Our Hebe plants are pot grown on our lovely nursery in Kent. Subject to availability they are available all year round.
A copy of our comprehensive planting and aftercare guide is supplied with every order. Following the advice in this guide will ensure your plants get the best possible start in your garden. If you need any further help please do look at our websites advice and information section.
We recommend the use of Rootgrow Mycorrhizal fungi when planting your Hebe, the fungi supports and extends the plants own root systems meaning that the plant establishes quicker. More information about Rootgrow can also be found on our website.