Hebe

Hebe ‘Blue Mist’ – An evergreen shrub that prefers full sun, good soil drainage and some protection from cold winter winds. It bears 3″-long lavender-blue flower spikes from June to early September. The waxy deep green leaves are borne in pairs, with sets at right angles to the pair below. Contrasting red stems also add interest. Grows 18″ high by 30″ wide. Zone 8.

Hebe ochracea ‘James Stirling’ – This Hebe is worth growing for the foliage alone as the scaly golden to ocher coloured leaves are evergreen and quite unique looking. This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is also one of the hardiest Hebe to grow in coastal BC and bears tiny white blooms from late spring into early summer. Grows 16-18″ high by 24-30″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

Hebe ‘Franciscana Variegata’ (syn. ‘Silver Queen’) – This cross of Hebe elliptica and H. speciosa is nicely variegated, featuring thick mid green leaves irregularly edged in creamy-yellow. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and bears attractive violet-purple flowers that fade to pale lilac as they mature. Prune out winter damaged foliage in spring. Grows 24″ high by 30″. Zone 8.

Hebe topiaria – This evergreen shrub is a native of New Zealand and is primarily grown for its foliage, which forms a dense rounded shrub. It has small greyish-blue leaves and the canopy looks like it is being constantly contour pruned, hence the botanical name. Small white flowers are produced from June to July. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Grows 24″ high. Zone 7.

Hebe ‘Patty’s Purple’ – A common but tender Hebe that requires a warm sheltered site with sun, good soil drainage and protection from cold winter winds. That said, it does produce abundant clusters of showy pale purple flowers from late spring into summer. The glossy deep green leaves are held on wine-red stems. Grows 2-3′ high by 24-30″ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

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