Hebes are versatile garden plants, offering bright foliage colours in winter and sparkling flowers through summer into autumn. Many of our hebe varieties listed on these pages have been selected or introduced by our nursery. Over the years, we have looked for key areas of improvement within the genus to produce some stunning varieties. Discover our wide selection and add your favourite hebes to your basket.
How to grow hebe
Growing hebes is very simple. Just follow this easy growing guide and you will enjoy a thriving hebe in your garden, soon. Want to know more about caring for garden plants?
- Most hebes thrive in moist but well-drained soils
- Plant hebes in full sun to partial shade
- Protect your hebe from too much wind
- Hebes tolerate droughts and don't need rich soils
- Deadhead spent flowers to improve the look of your hebe
- Prune back in late summer, right after flowering
It's up to you whether you plant your hebe direct in the ground, or in a flowerpot or container. Hebes look well with a large range of other plants, too. Check out our assortment of herbaceous plants, like Geraniums, Penstemons, and many more.
A Hebe for every season
With the glowing foliage colours from December through April and year-round interest of variegated forms, hebes make an excellent addition to your garden. In addition to the array of foliage colours, they are also superb flowering plants. The colours range from white's through to lilac and blue to deep purples.
We believe that Midnight Sky offers a significant development in foliage colour. The Garden Beauty Original® series offers excellently compact and free-flowering varieties. The most recent Garden Elegance range adds hardiness and disease resistance to some spectacular late summer-flowering varieties.
Hebe in container
If you're privileged to fill your riant garden with all shrubs you want, lucky you. If you only have a small garden, patio or balcony, no worries. There is a lot of hebes that suit pots very well. Small-leaved hebes are ideal to grow in containers, flower pots or planters. Fill a flowerpot, container or planter with multi-purpose compost and it will thrive happily year after year. These are our favourites to grow in pots:
Plant hebes in containers around autumn, so they can grow a strong root system before they start flowering in summer. Combine different hebes with varying blooming seasons to extend the flowering season in your garden.
Hebes are absolutely fantastic garden plants, and very versatile, too. If you have a hebe shrub in your garden, you can enjoy annual softwood cuttings. Hebes grow best from semi-ripe cuttings. The best time to do this is from July to September. Look for new seasons stems where the base is woody and the top is soft and green. Avoid taking cuttings from stems that have flowers on them.
Here's how to take hebe cuttings
- Use a sharp knife to cut off a 10cm/4in stem just below a leaf node.
Trim off leaves, until you have 4 on top.
Dip the base of the stem in rooting powder (optional).
Fill a pot with multi-purpose compost and insert the cutting into it. (Make sure the leaves don't touch the compost)
Cover the pot with plastic and place it in a sunny spot.
Remove the bag after four weeks, just when the cutting has begun to root.
Plant the cutting in a bigger pot in spring next year and let it grow on.
In early September you can plant the hebe in the ground or into a larger pot.
Hebes are little maintenance garden plants, also with pruning. To ensure your hebe flowers well and encourage strong new growth, you should give it an annual pruning. After your hebe has finished flowering, deadhead the faded flowers. The bright foliage will keep looking stunning in your garden. Hebes are wintergreen, so they will hold on to their foliage. During a hard winter, some stems may have been burnt by frost. Don't cut anything until March, or you will interrupt their dormancy. From March onwards, you can prune away any damaged stems, all the way back to a live bud.
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