A Basic Guide to Hebe Plant Care – The Hebe plant might be one of the most overlooked evergreen plants that flower during the summertime. However, it shouldn’t be.
With its flashy flowers, long budding season, and striking foliage, it could make a good addition to almost any garden.
Some of the Hebe plant varieties will flower from early summer, all the way up until the first frost of autumn, as long as you remove the dead buds and continue taking care of your plant.
The variety itself will also determine the sizes of the leaf, the color, and the growing habits. For the most part, though, the evergreen varieties are low and bushy and grow to about 3 feet.
The Hebe plant can be used in an assortment of ways. Some people prefer to plant them individually so that they can provide spots of colors here and there in the garden.
However, other people use them for edging and place them in groups. They can also be planted in containers.
The plants themselves are very easy to grow and do very well in the Pacific Northwest. It is important not to let them freeze in the wintertime, but this can be accomplished by holding back from watering them too much in late summer so that they can harden before the first frost of autumn.
They should be planted in well-drained soil. Adding some organic compost or processed manure to the soil will help them grow. Avoid planting them in soil that is made of clay or that is very wet or heavy as they will not do well.
They prefer being planted in the full sunlight, too, although they will survive in partial sun. If you plant them in shade, they will still grow, but they might not produce many flowers.
During the growing season, avoid mulching the soil around the plants. During the winter, though, you can add some bark or straw to protect them as long as you remove it during the spring.
You should also set them in the soil at the same depth that you had them planted in a container, if you grew them in a container first.
When pruning, your best odds are to prune around April or May. They should be pruned on a yearly basis in order to encourage them to grow without becoming too leggy. Once the flowers are spent, you should pinch them off to encourage new growths.
The Hebe plant does not require a lot of food. You can use a Rhododendron or Evergreen type fertilizer once a year, or even every two years. Applying this in late winter will help your plants have attractive blooms and good solid colors.
A few varieties of the Hebe plant include the Buxifolia, Autumn Glory, Variegata, and the Wiri-Charm. The Buxifolia has small leaves with nice textures.
It grows to about 3 feet in height. The Autumn Glory has lavender flowers that need to be picked off as they die, but can bloom up until late autumn.
The variegate have multi-color blooms and can reach up to 24 inches in height, although average is about 12 inches. Lastly, the Wiri-Charm has blooms that are fuchsia colored.