With masses of flowers in late spring and summer on evergreen foliage, hebes are hard to beat.
Some varieties are grown for their excellent foliage colours, ‘frosted flame’ having shades of pinks and purples, whilst the cream, green, pink and purple of ‘sweet kim’ stands out against the dark soil.
There is also a massive range of flower colour from the pure white of ‘celine’ to the pink of ‘pink pixie’ and the purple of ‘caledonia’. There's a colour to suit any garden design.
There is a wide range with the spring and summer varieties looking excellent in a pot or the front of a border where they remain relatively small (1m in 10 years) whilst the taller autumn flowering varieties can grow to 2m.
They grow best in full sun and well-drained positions with some protection from severe frosts (use horticultural fleece over the worst of the winter for protection).
Hebes are good for attracting insects into the garden such as bees and butterflies.
Try planting different varieties of hebe near each other so that the foliages contrast and highlight each other.
|Hebe ‘Frozen Flame’||Hebe ‘Pink Pixie’||Hebe ‘Baby Marie’||Hebe ‘Sweet Kim’|