Hebe 'Red Edge' is a fantastic little low-maintenance shrub for year-round interest and great for bees too.
This superb hebe grows to a neat and compact size and forms a lovely rounded shape. Typically with a height and spread of no more than 50cm, it's perfect for patio pots or for growing in small gardens or borders. With attractive, dense evergreen foliage, it's useful for providing year-round structure in the garden, and is particularly noticeable in winter when the blue-green leaves develop a vibrant red edge. Not only is the foliage an attraction, but in summer you'll be able to enjoy a mass of pretty purple flower clusters which are also adored by bees. This hardy shrub requires virtually no maintenance at all, so it's ideal for anyone who lacks time to spend tending to the garden. The rounded habit sits well within a formal garden, but equally so in a mixed, country-style planting schemes combined with mixed flowers or ornamental grasses.
This versatile and easy-to-grow plant is ideal for any garden, big or small, and suits any style of planting scheme.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 50cm xW 50cm (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green, Red
Flower Colour: Purple, White
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained, Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Flower Beds & Borders, Baskets, Border Edging, Coastal Garden, Low Maintenance Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): June - July
Hebe is a versatile shrub for a sunny or lightly shaded position in a bed, border or container. These are low-maintenance plants native to New Zealand and great for coastal gardens. Best planted in a sheltered spot away from strong winds.
Prefers a well-drained soil. Use a good quality general purpose compost or preferably a soil-based compost for container growing and ensure the pot is free-draining.
Water well when first planted and continue to water regularly through the first season. If planting in a container, water whenever the soil looks dry.
It's a good idea to feed hebes with an all-purpose liquid feed occasionally during the growing season, especially if grown in pots where nutrients can diminish quickly.
Hebes don't respond well to pruning, however they can tolerate a light trim once a year in autumn to keep to shape.