Perhaps not noticed, but widely grown, Hebe plants are an evergreen shrub, easy care and many varieties with attractive flowers. Also known as evergreen veronicas, they are relatively easy to care for and make a great fill in plant for the garden border.
The fascinating thing about Hebes is that with so many species you can find a plant suited to a variety of uses in the garden.
From low growing ground cover plants to tall shrubs for a start. And then we have variety in foliage and flower types as well.
Flowers are generally white to purple, foliage from green to purple, with variegated forms also available.
From low growing ground covers to medium sized shrubs, Hebe's have a lot to offer the gardener.
Hardiness Zones will differ with variety. The smaller leafed types are suited to USDA Zones 6 - 11. The larger leafed types to USDA Zone 8.
However even within these zones, position in the garden will determine hardiness, a protected position in a colder zone will make it easier to grow them.
Basically two leaf types characterize Hebes, some have oval leaves, while another group have smaller leaves and these are called 'whipcords'.
Foliage also differs in terms of color, from light green to deep dark green.
Flowering also differs, some with small almost insignificant flowers others with masses of larger flowers over long periods.
Foliage may also be naturally very dense on some species and looser on others
Planted in the garden or in containers, choose the position according to the variety. The flowering types are best grown where they can be appreciated.
The low growing ground cover types are great as fillers, or when grown in the rock garden.
In containers try the smaller growing varieties, they are long lasting and easy care.
Hebe Plants are available for sale Online from the following nurseries
TINY TREASURES NURSERY - phone: 503-463-8602 fax: 503-390-0028
PO Box 20250 Keizer OR 97307
BRAMBLE BANK GARDEN NURSERY - phone: 5418673846
5273 S.Coast Hwy South Beach Oregon postcode: 97366
DIGGING DOG NURSERY - phone (707) 937-1130
PO Box 471 Albion CA 95410
SEQUIM RARE PLANTS
500 N. Sequim Ave. Sequim, WA 98382