Questions about hebes

Hebe plants are a type of evergreen shrub that have a variety of different colors, shapes, and sizes. But how do you know which hebe plant is the best for you? There are so many options and it can be difficult to choose. If you're looking for an easy-to-grow plant that's flowering, drought-resistant, and perfect for beginners, read on to find out more about the Hebe plant and some other things you might want to know before buying one!

When to prune hebes?

Pruning makes an essential part of your plant's care. Do you want to know when and how to prune hebe to make them look good, here's how? Hebe plants will grow new stems and leaves from their underground root system. When you've first purchased and planted your hebe, you may want to prune some of the branches to make it grow more evenly. You also might need to prune your plant if it's overgrown and taking up too much space in your garden or home. If you notice that your hebes are growing too close together and shading each other out, you'll have to cut back the weaker plants to allow more light. Discover our range of hebes in the webshop.

When to plant hebes in the UK?

Hebe plants come from New Zealand and South Africa, but they're perennial plants in the UK. Hebe plants need to be planted in early spring or late autumn. The soil needs to be moist but not wet. They also need full sun exposure and to be watered regularly.

If you want your hebes to flower, you should plant them in late autumn so they can bloom in spring. If you wish your hebes to produce berries, you should plant them in the early summer, with the flowers coming later on.

Here is the top-10 most popular hebes for 2022.

When do hebes flower in the UK?

The flowering time of hebes in the UK will depend on the type of hebe plant you've chosen to buy. Generally, most hebes flower in the spring and summer months.

How big do hebes grow?

The size of a hebe plant depends on the type of hebe you buy. Some hebes only grow a foot tall, while others can grow up to 12 feet tall. The Hebe 'Maui's Pride' is the smallest at just 2-3 feet, while the Hebe 'Clocktower' usually reaches 12 feet or more.

How to prune hebes?

Hebes typically grow vigorously and require only a little bit of maintenance. You don't really need to prune hebes. A little cut is enough. If they get too large, it's good to prune them back. Pruning will also help eliminate any dead or diseased branches that can harm the plant.

When you're pruning your hebe, it's essential to consider how far down the plant grows before branching off. You want to cut off all growth below where it begins to branch out. This will encourage the plant to develop more new shoots and branches in new areas, which helps with overall growth.

It's also important not to prune back too much at once, or your hebe might not be able to regenerate!

What to plant with hebes?

Hebes are great plants to pair with other flowering plants. They offer a pleasant contrast of colour, and they look fantastic with purple-flowering plants, such as lavenderssalvias or many other purple-coloured herbaceous plants or shrubs. You can also plant hebes with succulents, which are good ground cover options and don't need much water to grow.

Where to plant hebes?

The hebe plant is best grown in full sun and well-drained soil. If you're planning on planting your hebe in a container, make sure it has at least 20 gallons of potting soil and that the pot is at least 18 inches deep. Do you want to know more about how to take care of your hebe? Read our aftercare advice and let your hebe plants thrive!

How to care for hebes?

The hebe plant is a drought-resistant plant, so they don't require much water. They can also grow in sand, clay, and other soil types, making them ideal for people who don't always have the time to care for their plants.

There are two main types of hebe plants: evergreen and deciduous. Deciduous hebes lose their leaves in the winter while evergreen hebes keep theirs. Hebes generally grow up to 3 feet tall, but they can be larger if grown in a pot. Growing them in a pot will make them less likely to blow over or suffer from frostbite during colder seasons. If you want to find out more about how to care for hebes, read our aftercare.

How to propagate hebes?

Hebes are tough plants that grow well in a variety of different climates. They can be grown indoors or outdoors, and they produce beautiful flowers. But what if you want more? You may have seen a hebe plant in a garden centre or nursery that you liked, but it doesn't do well with your climate. If you want to propagate your hebe, here's how.

  • Take some cuttings from the mature hebe plant,
  • Place them into moist soil,
  • New roots will form after two weeks and grow into a new hebe plant.

Do you want to know more about how to grow hebe in pots? Read our blog about How to grow hebes in pots.

What soil do hebes like?

Hebes like soil that is moist but not wet. Hebes can grow in sand, clay, and other soil types if you choose a sunny or partial-shaded location. Whether you're growing hebes in pots, or directly in the ground, always make sure the soil is well-drained to avoid root rot. 

When to cut back hebes?

Hebes are known for their bright colours and attractive flowers. However, the blooms don't last very long. Hebes mostly flower from summer to mid-autumn, with the most flowers being out in June and September. Learn more about when hebes flower. You may have to cut back hebes during winter to keep your plants looking healthy with big leaves. It might seem like cutting back a flowering plant is counter-intuitive, but it's necessary to keep your hebe looking its best and producing flowers the following year again. Here's our hebe pruning guide to learn more about when to cut back hebes.

How to look after hebes?

Hebe plants are low-maintenance, so they're perfect for people who don't have a lot of time to spend gardening. Hebes are also resistant to drought and other environmental factors, making them ideal for areas that suffer from dry spells. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors, and most hebes will flower in the summer months.

If you want to look after your hebes properly, it's essential to know how to care for them! Here are some tips: Hebe Aftercare Advice.

When to trim hebes?

Trimming hebes should be done in the fall. Fall is when the plant starts to grow and produce new shoots for the next season. You want to trim back any dead or diseased leaves before your plant starts growing again in the spring. Learn more about when hebes flower, or read our hebe care guide to keep your hebe plants thriving.

When to trim hebes?

Trimming hebes should be done in the fall. Fall is when the plant starts to grow and produce new shoots for the next season. You want to trim back any dead or diseased leaves before your plant starts growing again in the spring. Learn more about when hebes flower, or read our hebe care guide to keep your hebe plants thriving.

What compost for hebes in pots?

If you're growing hebes in pots, you can use a mix of good potting soil, sand, and compost to create the perfect potting mix. However, you'll want to choose different ratios depending on the size of your pot. If you're using a larger planter, you'll want to use more compost than when you're using a smaller one. We recommend using around 30-40% compost, with the rest being potting soil and sand.

When do you cut back hebes?

It's important to remember that hebes need to be cut back at the end of the summer season or the start of fall. New growth can be weak or stunted if you don't do this, and you'll have a bushier plant. Cut off any dead or diseased branches and trim any overgrown branches.

Why is my hebe dying?

There are a few different reasons why your hebes might be dying.

  • One possible explanation is that it's too cold for them to survive. Hebes can't live in conditions below minus 10 degrees Celsius, so if you're noticing leaves and stems start to die, this may be the cause.

  • Another thing to consider is that your hebes may not have been planted in fertile soil, which will make it difficult for them to grow. If you thought the plants were planted in fertile soil but died shortly after planting, it could be because they received too much water when they first were planted, and the roots became waterlogged; or not enough water and the roots became dry. To avoid this problem, make sure you follow the instructions on how much water they need when first planted.

What to feed hebes?

Hebes are stunning flowering shrubs found in many different colours and sizes. They are known for being drought-resistant plants and have a variety of uses. However, hebes need certain nutrients to thrive; they require nitrogen and phosphorus to grow the best. You can feed your hebe with any fertilizer with either those nutrients or just phosphorus, but fertilizers with those specific nutrients work best. Check our top-5 favourite hebes to grow in the garden.

How long do hebes last?

Hebes can last for years, even decades! Learn more about the history of hebes, It depends on where you live and how often you water the plant. If you don't have enough rain, hebe plants will need to be watered more often than those in a region with a lot of rainfall.

If you're looking for a shorter-term plant, hebes that are not flowering can usually stay alive for about two years. If the hebe is flowering, it might only last about one year before dying back.

Here's an overview of what types of hebes there are. Visit our webshop to order your favourite hebe plants online. 

Where do hebes grow best?

Hebes grow well in areas with temperatures in winter between -5℃ and 1℃ degrees. Hebes are very hardy, so they can handle temperatures until minus 10 degrees Celcius. A climate with mild winters is perfect for half-hardy, and hardy plants like most hebes are. They can survive in humid areas and be grown indoors if you live in a colder climate! Because hebe plants are very hardy, they do not require a lot of care. Here's more about how to plant hebes in your garden.

What soil conditions do hebes like?

Hebes do best in acidic soil, and they're also tolerant of poor soil conditions. They are not picky about fertilizers either, but they do need plenty of water, so keep them adequately watered. Read our blog about how to plant hebes in your garden to learn more about the soil conditions hebes like.