Further Information about Hebe Great Orme Hedging
This popular Hebe holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit. The brown stems of this compact evergreen shrub support elongated bright green leaves. Through the late spring and summer months this delightful plant produces a mass of long tapered racemes of bright pink flowers which gradually fade to white. The sweet scent of these charming blooms make it attractive to butterflies, bees and other pollinators.
‘Great Orme’ grows to 1.5 x 1.5 metres, making it suitable for all but the tiniest gardens. Useful for coastal positions due to its tolerance of salty winds it can be grown as a beautiful informal flowering hedge around a seaside garden, or as a centrepiece in a bed.
In cottage gardens and borders this reliable plant provides a long flowering period and evergreen backdrop. The fragrant flowers tend to release much of their scent in the late evening, making this plant perfect for night scented garden designs. Also useful for urban planting as it is forgiving of some pollution and flourishes in the frost protected micro climate of the city.
Like most Hebes, ‘Great Orme’ is low maintenance and needs only a little pruning to keep its shape, just a light trim after flowering which can encourage a second flush of colour is all that’s necessary.
It is best to grow ‘Great Orme’ in a sheltered position especially inland where there is a risk of frost. All Hebes are prone to frost damage but will quickly send out fresh new leaves to replace any brown ones caused by very cold conditions. Able to grow in most well drained soil conditions it can cope with a certain amount of dryness but will not tolerate consistently very wet roots. It is best to improve damp areas with sharp sand or grit before planting to ensure good drainage and the best possible outcome for this plants growth.
We recommend a planting distance of 2 to 3 per metre, this gives good ground coverage and the best hedge density.
To ensure a good start for your Hebe ‘Great Orme’ we recommend that all perennial weeds are removed from the planting site and the ground dug over well. Using Rootgrow mycorrhyzal fungi and Bonemeal fertiliser when planting gives plants a headstart and encourages strong growth. Rootgrow should come into contact with the roots of the plant when planting while bonemeal should be mixed with the soil that is used to backfill around the plant. There is a useful guide to planting on our How to plant a hedge page, we also send a colour copy of this with your plant delivery.
If you have any further questions about Hebe ‘Great Orme’ then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced sales team on 01580 765600 or leave us a message on our contact page.