Hebe James Stirling (Hebe ochracea James Stirling) Shrubby Veronica, Whipcord Hebe
An alternative type of Hebe, James Stirling is also known as a ‘whipcord’ Hebe which have elongated and narrow cypress-like foliage. This is a low growing evergreen shrub with golden yellow foliage, naturally growing into a low mound that intensifies in colour during the Winter. In May and June the plant is sprinkled with small brilliant white flowers produced at the leaf tips. This is a tidy and well mannered little plant that looks good in all seasons.
Use Hebe James Stirling as valuable evergreen ground cover in a sunny spot especially in larger drifts, this dwarf shrub is also a favourite in alpine gardens and rockeries or could be an interesting low edging for a path, patio or sunny border.
Hebe James Stirling shrubs enjoy full sun or partial shade, they much prefer a well drained soil, Hebes planted in wet boggy conditions never thrive and you would therefore be better advised to consult out list of plants for wet sites if drainage is poor. Hebes are very tolerant of the salt laden air of a seaside garden making them ideal for these conditions.
How to grow Hebe James Stirling
Position: Full sun, partial shade.
Foliage: Evergreen shrub, foliage stays on the plant all year round.
Soil and site: Any average well drained soil.
Flowering time: May-June
Growth rate: slow
Ultimate height and spread: 60cm high x 60cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim damaged or dead branches as required.
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