Hebes are hardy shrubs that will grow in a wide range of climates, including cool and coastal locations. There are compact varieties available which grow to around 40cm tall or larger hebes reaching 1 – 1.5 m. Flower colours include white, pink, lavender, purple and crimson. Some varieties also have striking variegated foliage or burgundy coloured new leaves


How to grow Hebe in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with very well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
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How to grow Hebe in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 250mm wide with adequate drainage holes. As the plant matures, in the absence of pruning, potting up may be required.
  2. Position in full sun or part shade.
  3. Fill the pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Hebes hate wet feet and prolonged periods of high humidity. Ensure the plant is in a position with really good drainage, avoid overwatering and apply mulch to a depth less than 7cm.

  • Prune after flowering to maintain a tidy compact shape.

  • Suitable to be used as hedges.

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Abies

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Chamaecyparis

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