Native of New Zealand, Hebe is a genus of beautiful flowering shrubs with glossy leaves and attractive flowers of purple, blue, white, pink and mauve colors. Flowers are small and appear in the form of spikes. These frost resistant shrubs are a good choice for hedging especially when used as wind breaker.
How to Grow Hebe
Hebe requires regular water and bright sunlight. Most species of Hebe are fast growing in coastal climates and should be pruned regularly to form neat flowery hedges. Hebe would grow almost any soil but it prefers well drained and slightly acidic soil. Hebe is propagated from seeds and cuttings.
Popular Varieties of Hebe
Hebe x Andersoni: It is a small shrub with lavender flowers and glossy leaves that often tend to variegate.
Hebe Speciosa: It is a winter flowering shrub and bears purple flowers.
Hebe Salicifolia: A summer bloomer, Hebe Salicifolia produces abundant flowers of light pink color in summer.
For further information on Hebe, the best source is The Hebe Society website.