Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hebe

Hebe
A massive genus of shrubs or rarely trees that are mostly native to New Zealand though frequently grown in the British Isles, parts of western Europe and the west coast of North America.
Hebes prefer fertile, sandy, well drained soil but can grow on just about any well drained soil with adequate nutrients. They require average moisture...too frequent watering or too much organic mulch will cause rooting to be too shallow. They are also tolerant of salt air and thus thrive in seaside locales.
They are propagated from softwood cuttings taken during summer. The cuttings should be 3 to 5 inches in length, and with the bottom leaves removed, then placed into a sterile, well drained compost. They should root within 2 months ( or as little as 1 month in a heated propagator ). Rooting hormone isn't really needed but can be used lightly. Rooted plants should be potted up and grown for another year but kept protected from weather extremes during the first winter.

* photos of unknown internet source



* excellent video found on internet on growing Hebe on Canada's west coast

* additional excellent videos found on internet



* I fell in love with these plants while touring the Botanical Gardens in Santiago, Chile. Wish they grew on the east coast of the U.S.

Hebe albicans
A fast growing, very architectural, dense, compact, rounded, small evergreen shrub, that is native to cold high mountains of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years - 4 x 5 feet; largest on record - 5 x 5 feet.
The densely packed, fleshy, oblong leaves, up to 2 ( rarely over 1 ) inches in length, are smooth, glaucous blue-green.
The small, white flowers are borne on short, dense racemes up to 2.5 inches in length, during summer into fall.
The stems are stout.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 ( tolerating 0 F ) in full sun on fertile, sandy, well drained soil. Moderately drought tolerant.
Thrives especially well near the seashore but benefits from protection from excessive wind.

'Pink Elephant'
A slow growing, dwarf, reaching up to 1 x 1 foot. The foliage is deep pink at first, turning to glossy gray then to intense pinkish-orange during winter.
The white flowers are borne during summer.

'Red Edge'
Gray-green foliage margined in deep red.

'Sussex Carpet'
Blue-green leaves borne in opposite pairs.

Hebe x andersonii
A rapid growing, dense, mid-sized shrub, that is the hybrid between Hebe speciosa & H. stricta. Some records include: 10 years - 8 x 6.5 feet; largest on record - 10 x 10 feet.
The broad lance-shaped leaves, up to 5 inches in length, are deep green.
The violet ( fading to white ) flowers, borne on dense spikes up to 6 inches in length, are borne summer into autumn.
Hardy zones 9 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

* photo courtasy of Michael Duquette Fowler

* historical archive photo


'Variegata'
Attractive foliage is a mix of deep green and gray-green and is edged in creamy-white.

Hebe anomala
A bushy, compact, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: largest on record - 5 x 5 feet.
The small, ovate leaves, up to 0.8 inches, are bright green.
The white flowers are borne on clustered spikes during early summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe armstrongii
A dense, erect, small shrub, that is native to central South Island in New Zealand where it is very rare. Some records include: largest on record - 3.5 x 3 feet.
The attractive, whipcord foliage is yellow-green turning to bright green during winter.
The small white flowers are not very conspicuous.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe bollonsii
A rounded, small evergreen shrub, that is native to coastal parts of northern New Zealand. Some records include: largest on record - 6.5 feet.
The leathery leaves, up to 3 inches in length, are glossy deep green.
The white to pale lavender flowers are borne on loose racemes during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe brachysiphon ( Traverse Hebe )
A rounded, spreading, medium-sized, evergreen shrub, that is native to New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years - 7 x 8 feet; largest on record - 7 x 8 feet.
Makes a great specimen plant.
The densely-arranged, lance-shaped leaves, up to 1 inch in length, are deep green.
The abundant, small, white flowers are borne on tight racemes up to 3 inches in length during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 ( reports of 7 on very protected sites ) in full sun on fertile, sandy, well drained soil. Very hardy in England and thrives especially well near the sea though benefits from protection from excessive wind during winter.
Can be pruned back hard during early spring.

Hebe buchananii
A dense, spreading, small evergreen shrub, that is native to high mountains of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 1.5 x 3 feet. It is a great choice for rock gardens.
The tiny, rounded leaves, up to 0.3 inches, are glossy deep green ( often blue-green in full sun ).
The small, white flowers, borne on dense small spikes from spring to fall.
The stems are black.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe buxifolia
A compact, upright, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: fastest recorded growth rate - 3 feet; 5 years - 3 x 2 feet ( avg ); 10 years; 5 x 3.3 feet; largest on record - 6 x 6 feet. Makes a great hedge.
The stiff, Buxus-like leaves, up to 0.5 inches, are glossy deep green.
The white flowers, borne on clustered inflorescences, during summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. More heat and drought tolerant than other Hebes, it is also tolerant of seashore conditions.. It can be cut back hard if needed.

'Patty's Purple'
Fast growing, reaching up to 3.3 x 3.3 feet in 10 years, eventually up to 3.3 x 4 feet.
The deep red stems bear deep green, boxwood-like leaves, up to 0.5 inches in length.
The purple flowers are borne on narrow spikes all summer long.

Hebe canterburiensis
A hammockforming, low evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 3.3 x 3.3 feet; largest on record - 3.3 x 3.3 feet.
The densely arranged leaves, up to 0.5 inches, are glossy deep green.
The profuse, white flowers, borne on racemes up to 1 inch in length, during early summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe carnosula ( Mount Stewart Hebe )
A small evergreen shrub, that is native to New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 16 inches x 3 feet.
The rounded, thick, leaves are olive-green.
The white flowers, borne on spikes are borne during mid to late summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 9 ( tolerating as low as 5 F ) in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe chathamica
A low, spreading, small evergreen shrub, that is native to seaside cliffs on the Chatham Islands near New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 1.5 x 4 feet. It looks great trailing over walls.
The fleshy leaves, up to 1.5 inches in length, are glossy deep green.
The white to bright violet flowers, borne on short rounded heads up to 1.5 inches, during summer.
Hardy zones 9 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Highly tolerant of salt spray.

Hebe cheesemanii
A compact, very small evergreen shrub, that is native to mountains of eastern South Island in New Zealand where it is common. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 1 x 1 feet. A great choice for rock gardens.
The tiny, densely-packed leaves are soft gray-green.
The white flowers, borne in small clusters at the stem tips during summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. It likes its roots cool, a stone mulch is recommended.

Hebe cockayneana
A small evergreen shrub, that is native to wet subalpine zones in the southern part of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 3.5 feet. A great addition to the rock garden.
The thick, small, elliptical leaves, up to 0.7 inches in length, are deep green.
The small white ( with showy purple-red anthers ) flowers, borne on loose terminal heads during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe cupressoides ( Whipcord Hebe )
An extremely fast growing, dense, rounded, mid-sized evergreen shrub, that is native to subalpine parts of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; 7 x 8 feet; largest on record - 8 x 10 feet.
The scale-like, whipcord foliage is mid-green. The foliage resembles that of the Cypress.
The pale blue flowers are borne on sparse clusters, up to 1 inch across, during early summer..
The branchlets are very slender.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe decumbens
A handsome, spreading, prostrate small evergreen shrub, that is native to mountainous parts of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 3 x 3.5 feet. It makes a great plant for the rock garden.
The oval leaves, up to 0.7 inches, are deep green with a red margin.
The small, white flowers, borne on spikes up to 1 inch in length, spring and summer.
The branchlets are slender and purplish.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.
Tip prune during early spring to encourage density.

Hebe diosmifolia
An attractive, dense, small evergreen shrub, that is native to the northern parts of North Island of New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 20 inches x 5 feet.
The narrow leaves, up to 1.3 inches in length, are glossy green.
The tiny white or lavender flowers, borne on abundant, small flower heads, during spring.
Hardy zones 8 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Very hardy in the British Isles, incl. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hebe divaricata
A dense, mid-sized evergreen shrub, that is native to the northern part of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 10 x 9 feet.
The leaves, up to 1.3 inches in length, are mid-green.
The very profuse, tiny white flowers are borne during summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe elliptica
A very attractive, moderate growing, dense, large evergreen shrub or small tree, that is native to New Zealand as well as coastal parts of southern Chile and the Falkland Islands. Some records include: 5 years - 7 feet; 10 years; feet; largest on record - 20 x 10 feet.
The leathery leaves, up to 1.5 inches in length, are deep green.
The white or lavender flowers are borne late spring into autumn.
Hardy zones 8 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Great for seaside landscapes as it is very tolerant of salt spray.

* photo of unknown internet source


Hebe epacridea
A prostrate small evergreen shrub, that is native to the alpine zone in South Island in New Zealand where it is very common. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 6 inches x 3 feet.
The small, overlapping leaves, up to 0.4 inches in length, are blue-green above, purplish beneath.
The white ( with purplish-red anthers ) flowers, up to 0.5 inches, are borne on terminal heads during summer.
The stems are wiry.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

* photo of unknown internet source


Hebe evenosa
A compact, small evergreen shrub, that is native to a small area of North Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 4 feet.
The narrow, fleshy leaves, up to 0.6 inches in length, are green.
The white flowers, borne on short spikes during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe x franciscana
A dense, rounded, mid-sized evergreen shrub, that is the hybrid between Hebe elliptica & H. speciosa. Some records include: 10 years; 5 x 10 feet; largest on record - 8 x 10 feet.
The elliptical leaves, up to 3.2 inches in length, are deep green.
The pinkish-purple flowers, borne on spikes up to 3 x 0.3 inches, are borne during summer and autumn.
Hardy zones 7 to 11 ( much more tender when young ) in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Great for coastal gardens as it is very tolerant of salt spray.

'Blue Gem'
Compact and dome-shaped in habit, reaching up to 5 x 5 feet, with blue-purple flowers borne over a very long season, in fact one plant has been reported to have bloomed continuously for 24 months.

* photos taken on Aug 2010 in Scotland



'Variegata'
Foliage is margined yellow to creamy-white. The flowers are purplish-blue.

Hebe haastii
A low sprawling, small evergreen shrub, that is native to the alpine zone of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 2 x 2 feet. Great for rock gardens.
The densely arranged, fleshy leaves are green.
The small white flowers are borne during summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 in sun or shade on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe hectoris
A small evergreen shrub, that is native to mid level elevations of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 3 feet.
The scale-like, whiipcord foliage are bright green.
The white flowers, borne on are borne in small terminal heads
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

'demissa'
a dwarf form, reaching a maximum height of 6 inches.

Hebe hulkeana ( New Zealand Lilac )
An open, upright, medium-sized evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 3.3 x 4 feet; largest on record - 7 x 7 feet.
The toothed, narrow, oval leaves, up to 2 inches in length, are glossy bright green.
The profuse, blue flowers, borne on large panicles up to 14 inches in length, during late spring to early summer.
Hardy zones 9 to 10 ( 8 against a south facing wall ) in full sun on just about any fertile, well drained soil. Thrives especially well near the seashore. Deadhead old blooms.

Hebe lavaudiana
Similar to Hebe hulkeana but dwarf in habit, reaching only 1 x 1 foot in 10 years and not much more at maturity.
The leaves are smaller and the flowers are blue or white.

Hebe lycopodioides
A dense, erect, small evergreen shrub, that is native to New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; 4 x 2 feet; largest on record - 4 x 3 feet.
The compressed, 4-angled, whipcord foliage is yellowish-green.
The white flowers are borne in small clusters during mid summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe macrantha
A sparse, straggly, upright, small evergreen shrub, that is native to alpine areas in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years - s x 2 feet; largest on record - 2 x 3 feet.
The leathery, toothed, oval leaves, up to 1 inch in length, are bright green.
The showy, pure white flowers, up to 1 inch across, are borne in groups of 4 to 6 at the branch tips during early summer.
The flowers are the largest in the genus.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.
Prune to encourage a dense habit.

Hebe macrocarpa
A stiffly upright, mid-sized evergreen shrub, that is native to the northern part of Northern Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 8 feet.
The thick, fleshy, narrow oval leaves, up to 6 x 1.3 inches, are mid-green.
The white lowers, borne on spikes up to 6 inches in length, are borne autumn to spring.
Hardy zones 9 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

var 'latisepala'
Flowers are deep purple.

Hebe 'Margret'
A low growing, evergreen shrub, reaching up to 1.5 x 2 feet.
The showy, bright blue flowers are borne in pointed spikes from early summer to early autumn. The flowers fade to white as they age.
Hardy zones 8 to 9 in full sun to partial shade on moist, well drained soil.

Hebe ochracea
A dense, low evergreen shrub, that is native to mountains of northwest South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; 32 inches x 3.3 feet; largest on record - 5 x 5 ( rarely over 4 ) feet.
The scale-like whipcord foliage is yellowish-bronze.
The white flowers are borne on spikes, up to 0.8 inches in length, during mid-summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

'James Stirling'
Rich golden-yellow foliage.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( tolerating as low as 0 F ).

Hebe odora
Also called Hebe buxifolia. A rounded, small evergreen shrub, that is native to New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 6 x 6 feet.
The rounded leaves, up to inches, are green. The foliage resembles that of the Boxwood.
The white flowers, borne on conical heads, up to 0.8 inches, at the branch tips during spring and summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 ( 6 ) in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Very heat tolerant.

* photo of unknown internet source


'Patty's Purple'

Hebe parviflora
A moderate growing, dense evergreen large shrub to small tree, that is native to New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 30 x 25 feet with a trunk diameter of 3 feet.
The narrow, lance-shaped leaves, up to 3.5 inches, are bright green.
The profuse, white or pale lilac flowers, borne on spikes at the branch tips.
Hardy zones 7 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Very tolerant of a wide range of conditions.

supsp. arborea
More treelike with whitish-lilac flowers.

Hebe pimeleoides
A low, spreading shrub, reaching a maximum size of 2 x 4 feet.
The leaves, up to 0.5 inches in length, are blue-green.
The flowers are deep purple.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 in full sun to partial shade.

* photo of unknown internet source


Hebe pinguifolia
An erect to spreading small evergreen shrub, that is native to eastern parts of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: largest on record - 4 x 3.5 feet.
The leathery leaves, up to 0.5 inches in length, are blue-gray with a red margin.
The white flowers, up to 0,4 inches across, are borne on termainal dense spikes, during spring through fall.
The purple stems are thick.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

'Pagei'
A spreading form, reaching a maximum size of 1 x 5 feet.
The deep purple stems bear intensely gray-blue foliage.
Makes a great plant for the rock garden.

Hebe poppelwellii
A dense, clumping, small evergreen shrub, that is native to a tiny area in the alpine region of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 8 inches.
The "whipcord foliage" is composed of tightly arranged, yellow-green, scale-like leaves.
The very small, white flowers are borne during the summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe rakaiensis
A moderate growing, dense, bushy, small evergreen shrub, that is native to South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; 6.5 x 6.5 feet; largest on record - 7 x 6.5 feet.
The narrow leaves, up to 1 inch in length, are glossy bright green.
The profuse, white flowers, borne on loose spikes up to 2 inches in length, during spring.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe recurva
An attractive, rounded to spreading small evergreen shrub, that is native to South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; 3.3 x 5 feet; largest on record - 3.3 x 5 feet.
The curved, narrow, lance-shaped leaves, up to 2 inches in length, are blue-gray.
The abundant, white flowers, borne on spikes up to 2 inches in length, during mid summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on fertile, sandy, well drained soil.
Thrives especially well near the sea but prefers protection from excessive winds during winter. Old leggy plants can be cut back during early spring.

* photo of unknown internet source


Hebe salicifolia ( Koromiko )
An attractive, fast growing, dense, spreading, large evergreen shrub, that is native to Chile and South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; 17 x 10 feet; largest on record - 17 x 10 feet with a trunk diameter of 8 inches.
The willowy, lance-shaped leaves, up to 6 inches in length, are bright green.
The white to pale lilac flowers, borne on drooping racemes, up to 10 x 1 ( rarely over 6 ) inches, during summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

* photo of unknown internet source


'Gigantea'
Larger in habit, often even becoming a small tree, with a maximum size of 30 feet with a trunk diameter of 2.5 feet.

Hebe speciosa ( Showy Hebe )
An attractive, fast growing, dense, rounded, small evergreen shrub, that is native to a tiny section of shoreline in North Island in New Zealand where it is rare. Some records include: 10 years; 6.5 x 6.5 feet; largest on record - 7 x 6.5 feet.
The leathery leaves, up to 4 x 2 inches, are glossy deep green with a red midrib and margin.
The abundant, purple-red flowers, borne on dense, large racemes up to 4 inches in length, during summer through fall.
Hardy zones 8 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Thrives near the sea.

'Diamant'
A small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years: 5 x 5 feet; largest on record - feet.
The leathery, elliptical leaves, up to 3.2 inches, are mid-green above, pale green beneath.
The intense magenta-purple flowers, borne on dense spikes up to 4 inches in length, during summer and fall.
Hardy zones 9 to 10.

'Inspiration'
A neat, compact, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 4 x 4 feet. Thrives in coastal areas where it makes a great landscape plant.
The leaves are glossy deep green.
The deep purple flowers are borne over a long season peaking during summer.

'La Seduisante'
A dense, erect, evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 6 x 6 feet.
The leaves, up to 4 inches in length, are glossy deep green above, purple beneath.
The reddish-purple flowers, borne on dense spikes up to 5 inches in length, during summer.
The stems are purplish.
Hardy zones 8 to 10.

'Variegata'
Very attractive foliage that is variegated with yellow and has a red margin.
It is similar in growth rate, habit and size to the species.

Hebe stricta ( Koromiko )
A fast growing, large evergreen shrub, native to North Island in New Zealand, that is very similar to Hebe salicifolia. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 14 feet.
The lance-shaped leaves, up to 6 x 1.3 inches, are green.
The white to pale purplish-pink flowers, borne on spikes up to 6 inches in length, during summer.
Hardy zones 9 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe subalpina ( Mountain Koromiko )
A moderate growing, mid-sized evergreen shrub, that is native to wet locales in the western part of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 7 x 7 feet. It is similar in appearance to Hebe rakaiensis.
The narrow, lance-shaped leaves, up to 1.5 inches in length, are bright green.
The profuse, tiny, white flowers, borne on small racemes, late spring into summer.
Hardy zones in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe topiaria
A moderate growing, compact, dense, rounded, small evergreen shrub, that is native to New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 4 x 7 feet.
The nearly overlapping leaves, up to 0.5 inches in length, are blue-green.
The small, white flowers, are borne during summer. They are borne within the foliage rather than on showy racemes.
Hardy zones 7 to 11 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe townsonii
An erect, small evergreen shrub, that has a limited native range on parts of North and South Islands in New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 8 feet.
The leathery leaves, up to 3 x 0.5 inches in length, are bright green.
The white to pale purplish-pink flowers, borne on loose racemes up to 4 inches in length, are borne during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe traversii
A vigorous, somewhat pendulous, small evergreen shrub, that is native to New Zealand. Some records include: 10 years - 3 ( avg ) feet; largest on record - 7 x 6 feet.
The oblong leaves, up to 1.6 inches in length, are green with a pale yellow-green edge.
The tiny white flowers, borne on racemes up to 3 inches in length, during summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe venustula
A moderate growing, bushy, erect, small evergreen shrub, that is native to mountainout parts of central North Island in New Zealand. Some records include: largest on record - 7 x 4 feet.
The narrow leaves, up to 0.7 inches in length, are bright green.
The white to pale purplish-pink flowers, borne on spikes during summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe vernicosa
An open, spreading, small evergreen shrub, that is native to Beech tree forests of South Island in New Zealand. Some records include: largest on record - 3.5 x 4 feet.
The leaves, up to 0.5 inches in length, are glossy green.
The white to pale lavender flowers, borne on terminal spikes up to 2 inches in length, are borne during spring and summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

HYBRIDS

Hebe 'Alicia Amherst'
A fast growing, dense, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 5 x 4 feet.
The leaves, up to 4.5 inches, are glossy deep green.
The deep purple flowers, borne on dense spikes up to 3.5 inches in length, during autumn.
The young stems are reddish.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Amy'
A bushy, compact, rounded, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: largest on record - 5 x 5 ( rarely over 4 x 2.5 ) feet.
The broadly oval leaves, up to 3 inches, are deep bronze-purple at first, turning to glossy deep green.
The foliage turns back to purplish during winter.
The deep blue-purple flowers, borne on spikes up to 2 inches in length, from early summer to mid autumn.
The young stems are deep purplish.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 ( reports of 7 on very protected sites ) in full sun on fertile, sandy, well drained soil. They generally require average moisture and too frequent watering or too much organic mulch will encourage rooting to be too shallow. It thrives especially well near the sea but benefits if protected from excessive wind during the winter.
Old leggy plants can be cut back during early spring.

Hebe 'Autumn Glory'
A fast growing, bushy, dense, low, mounding, evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 3.3 x 3.3 feet; largest on record - 4 x 3.5 feet.
The leaves, up to 1.6 inches in length, are glossy deep green. The foliage is edged in red when young.
The violet-purple flowers, borne on dense spikes, up to 2 inches in length, mid summer to mid autumn.
The stems are purplish.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 ( reports of 7 on very protected sites ) in full sun on fertile, sandy, well drained soil. Thrives especially well near the sea though benefits from protection from excessive wind during winter. It also tolerates urban pollution.
Old leggy plants can be cut back during early spring.

Hebe 'Blue Clouds'
A bushy, compact, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 3.5 x 3.5 feet.
The lance-shaped leaves are glossy deep green turning to deep purple during winter.
The bright blue flowers, borne on long spikes during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Blue Mist'
A very attractive, moderate growing, compact, dense, small evergreen shrub, reaching up to 2 x 2 feet in 2 years, eventually up to 3 x 3 feet.
The glossy deep green ovate foliage is borne on showy black stems.
The light blue flowers are borne on clusters up to 3 inches in length, during early summer until autumn frosts.
Hardy zones 8 to 9 ( tolerating as low as 5 F ). Deadhead after blooming.

Hebe 'Bowles Hybrid'
An attractive, bushy, rounded, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 32 inches x 2 feet; largest on record - 3 x 4 feet.
The narrow leaves, up to 1.5 x 0.4 inches, are glossy bright green.
The small, purplish-pink flowers are borne on slender spikes up to 4 inches in length, throughout summer and fall.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 ( reports of 7 on protected sites ) in full sun on fertile, sandy, well drained soil. Thrives especially well near the seashore. Old leggy plants can be cut back hard during early spring.

Hebe 'Carl Teschner'
Also called Hebe youngii. A low, mat-forming, evergreen shrub, reaching up to 9 inches x 3 feet.
The small, deep green leaves are borne on black stems.
The purplish-blue flowers are borne late spring to late summer.
Hardy zones 6b to 9.

Hebe 'Carnea'
A spreading, dense, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 5 feet.
The lance-shaped leaves, up to 2.5 x 0.5 inches, are mid-green.
The rose-purple ( fading to white ) flowers, borne on racemes up to 3 inches in length, during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Edinensis'
A slow growing, spreading, low, evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 1 x 2.5 feet.
The tiny leaves, up to 0.3 inches, are intense emerald-green.
The white ( lightly tinged purplish-pink ) flowers, borne are borne during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Emerald Green'
A moderate growing, compact, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 1.5 x 2 feet.
The near whipcord foliage is mid-green.
The small white flowers, borne during summer are not very showy.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Ettrick Sheppard'
A small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 3.3 x 4 feet; largest on record - feet.
The lance-shaped leaves are dull green.
The red-purple ( fading to white ) flowers, borne on dense racemes, up to 4 inches in length, during early summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Great Orme'
A rounded, open, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 5 x 5 feet.
The lance-shaped leaves, up to 3.5 inches in length, are glossy deep green.
The intense deep pink ( fading to white ) flowers, borne on slender spikes during mid summer to mid autumn.
The shoots are deep purple.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on fertile, sandy, well drained soil.
Thrives especially well near the seashore but would benefit with some protection from excessive wind. Old leggy plants can be cut back during spring.

Hebe 'Margery Fish'
Also called Hebe 'Primley Gem'. A compact, dense, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 3.3 x 3.3 feet; largest on record - feet.
The narrow leaves, up to 1.3 inches in length, are mid-green and edged in red. The foliage turns purplish during winter.
The violet-blue ( fading to white ) flowers, borne on dense spikes up to 4 inches in length, during summer and fall.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Marjorie'
A bushy, spreading, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 4 x 4 feet; largest on record - 4.5 x 5 feet.
The fleshy leaves, up to 3.2 inches, are mid-green.
The bright blue flowers, borne on spikes up to 5 inches in length, from mid-summer to early autumn.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Midsummer Beauty'
A vigorous, medium-sized evergreen shrub that is a hybrid between Hebe salicifolia & H. speciosa. Some records include: 10 years; 8 x 5 feet; largest on record - 8 x 6 feet.
The leaves, up to 5 inches in length, are bright green above, reddish-purple beneath.
The abundant, lavender-purple flowers, borne on spikes up to 12 ( rarely over 7 ) inches in length, mid summer to very late autumn.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 ( 7 on protected sites ) in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Royal Purple'
A small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 4 x 5 feet; largest on record - feet.
The leathery leaves, up to 3 inches in length, are deep green.
The violet-purple flowers, borne on spikes up to 4 inches in length, during late summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Waikiki'
Also called Heba 'Miss Winder' 'Warleyensis'. A moderate growing, bushy, rounded to spreading, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 2 x 3.3 feet; largest on record - 4 x 5 feet.
The leaves, up to 1.5 inches in length, are deep purplish-red at first, turning to deep green. In winter the foliage turns back to reddish-purple.
The violet-purple flowers, borne on spikes up to 3 inches in length, during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Walter Buccleugh'
A moderate growing, compact, evergreen shrub, reaching up to 1.5 x 1.5 feet.
The tiny, spear-shaped leaves, up to 0.5 inches in length, are gray-green with a red edge.
The purplish-red flowers are borne late spring to mid-summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( tolerating 0 F ) in full sun to partial shade on well drained soil.

Hebe 'Wingletye'
A prostrate, mat-forming, evergreen groundcover shrub, reaching up to 6 inches x 3.3 feet.
The striking blue-gray leaves are up to 0.5 inches in length.
The very abundant, showy, light purple flowers are borne all summer long.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 ( tolerating 0 F ) on well drained soil with moderate summer water.

Hebe 'Wiri Blush'
A dense, rounded, evergreen shrub, reaching up 3 x 3 feet in 2 years, eventually to 4 x 4 feet. It makes a great low hedge.
The oblanceolate leaves are glossy deep green with a narrow red edge. The stems and foliage undersides are deep purplish-pink.
The showy, deep rosy-pink flowers are borne on spikes during mid-summer into early autumn.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 in full sun to partial shade. It is very heat and humidity tolerant for a Hebe but is not particularly drought tolerant. It can be tip pruned from time to time to encourage a dense habit.

* photos taken on June 19 2016 in Elkridge, MD


Hebe 'Wiri Charm'
A dense, wide-spreading, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 3 years; 2.5 x 4 feet feet. Developed at the Botanic Gardens in Auckland, NZ.
The spear-shaped leaves, up to 1.6 inches in length, are dull deep green.
The rose-purple flowers, borne during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Wiri Dawn'
A low, spreading, evergreen, groundcover shrub. Some records include: 10 years; 1 x 2 feet; largest on record - 1.8 x 2 feet. Developed at the Botanic Gardens in Auckland, NZ.
The leaves, up to 1.2 inches in length, are bright olive-green.
The pink flowers, borne on spikes, mid summer into autumn.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 ( tolerating as low as 5 F ) in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.
It is easy to grow, preferring an occasional deep watering during summer.

Hebe 'Wiri Grace'
A rounded, medium-sized, evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 5 feet. Developed at the Botanic Gardens in Auckland, NZ.
The leaves, up to inches, are green.
The bright purple flowers, borne on long spikes during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Wiri Image'
A vigorous, small evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 3.5 feet. Developed at the Botanic Gardens in Auckland, NZ.
The spear-shaped leaves, up to 2 inches in length, are deep green.
The violet-purple flowers, borne on long spikes, during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

Hebe 'Youngii'
Also called Hebe 'Carl Teschner'. A dense, low, spreading evergreen shrub. Some records include: 10 years; feet; largest on record - 8 inches x 2 feet.
It makes a great plant for the rock garden.
The leathery, small leaves, are glossy deep green.
The violet-purple flowers, borne on spikes up to 1.3 inches in length, during summer.
The stems are purplish.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil.

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