Further Information about Hebe Emerald Gem Hedging
This little Hebe hedge is a very versatile dwarf evergreen that reaches only 30cm in height and is perfect for creating structure and groundcover in a variety of gardens. The upright shoots with tiny bright green leaves develop into a tight bun shaped bush. Comparable to a small box hedge ball it can be used in a similar way to give structure amongst hard landscaping, gravel gardens and rockeries. Also suitable for container groupings with other interesting plants such as Sempervivum, Alpines and Sedums. Well suited for planting in the front of borders or beds.
‘Emerald Gem’ Hebe hedging is suitable for coastal gardens, where in beach themed designs its bright green foliage creates impact amongst pebbles and driftwood. This plant also tolerates some pollution so will look equally at home in urban gardens, planted in spaces on a courtyard or along a path it can look stunning, its rounded form contrasting well with the hard lines. In Summer a scattering of tiny white flowers can appear over the plant giving further interest.
Hebe ‘Emerald Gem’ hedges need moist but free draining soil it is suitable for most positions but will need a sheltered spot if planted inland as a hard frost can sometimes damage the newer growth. However, this will be replaced by fresh growth in the Spring. Exceptionally low maintenance, no pruning is necessary to keep its shape so perfect in the garden scheme for a busy household. Happy in both sun and partial shade, it will tolerate poor to reasonably fertile soils.
If you are planting into a heavy clay soil it can help to improve the sites drainage before planting with some sharp sand or grit mixed into the soil.
Our Hebe ‘Emerald Gem’ is pot grown, meaning that it can be planted all year round. The planting distance we recommend is 3-5 per metre, this will give good ground coverage.
On our How to plant a hedge page you will find a useful guide on how to prepare a site and plant, a colour copy of this guide will be included with your plant delivery. We recommend using Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi and Bonemeal fertiliser to give your plants the very best start.