Hebe is a genus of evergreen shrubs native to New Zealand, and widely popular for their attractive foliage and showy flowers. They come in a range of sizes, from dwarf varieties to larger shrubs, and their leaves vary in color from deep green to variegated shades of silver and gold. In summer, Hebes produce spiky clusters of flowers in shades of white, pink, purple, and blue, which attract bees and butterflies to the garden. Hebes are versatile plants that can be used in a variety of garden styles, from modern to cottage gardens, and they make great additions to mixed borders or as standalone specimens. They are generally low-maintenance and can tolerate a range of soil types and conditions, but do best in well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It’s important to note that some Hebes can be tender and may require protection in colder climates.
- Common Name(s):Shrubby Veronica Ruby Port
- Hardiness:Fully hardy
- How big will I get? Hebe Ruby Port can grow to a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m.
- Did You Know That:Some botanists include Hebes in the Veronica Genus?
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Hebe Ruby Port prefers soil with good drainage and does not tolerate standing water. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.
Hebe Ruby Port can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.
Hebe Ruby Port can be trimmed in late Summer, or early Autumn, removing up to a third of the foliage and all the spent flowers. This will help keep the plant compact with dense foliage coverage, and encourage strong new growth the following Spring.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Hebe Ruby Port can have problems with aphids, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as downy mildews and leaf spot. It is also known to attract bees. It is not considered to be toxic.