Hebe is named after the Greek goddess of youth – and is also known as the veronica plant. Certainly, this shrub will bring energy to your garden this summer.
The plant hails from New Zealand but it has become a popular addition to British gardens as it is versatile, easy to grow and easy to maintain.
Hebe is sometimes underestimated as a plant, but it will give sterling service to your garden for years to come.
There’s a wide range of varieties; at Otter our stock includes Wild Romance, Pink Passion and True Love – all very fervent names – as well as the more sedate-sounding Golden Sunrise!
Some varieties of hebe grow to just around three foot, whilst the larger varieties can reach six foot and more. They are evergreen and provide all year colour for your garden. In Spring they offer additional colours such as burgundy, bronze and pink. Some hebe have variegated foliage for extra interest.
The hebe is the perfect way to cover any uninteresting areas in your garden. The plants can be used to great effect in borders, rock gardens and containers. They are a good choice for edging, too.
Through the summer and into the autumn, wonderful spiked blooms from whites, reds, pinks to purples and blues will provide delightful hues as well as enticing butterflies to come into your garden.
How to plant your hebe
The hebe prefers loose, well-drained soil although they are adaptable to other types of soil, too. Plant it in a position that receives full sun if you can, as hebe will perform best in these conditions.
- Plant your hebe to the same depth as its container
- Add organic matter during planting
- Deadhead regularly
- Apply fertilizer annually in late winter or early spring
- Trim back after flowering for bushier growth
Be careful in harsh winter conditions as although they are relatively hardy, hebe plants won’t like hard frosts, particularly the variegated or large-leaved varieties. You can surround the shrubs with straw mulch, bubble wrap or fleece, and make sure any containers are on feet.
Happy hebe planting!