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26/07/2012 at 14:46

Hi, I have a hebe in my garden that is proving to be a bit of a mystery/phenomenon! It is over 3m in every dimension and I believe that they are only ever meant to be an average size shrub. To give you some idea of perspective the hebe is against a 5ft fence. I am just an ameteur gardener so would be interested to read any comments you may have! Many thanks

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26/07/2012 at 19:06

My goodness, I have never seen such large hebe. And I thought mine was spreading a lot, this one make mine look-----well, small. I always give mine a trim in the spring and it alway flowers its socks off every year. Yours is such a beauty it would be a shame to take it down. Sorry I haven't been much help in telling you what you should do, but it is just stunning.

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26/07/2012 at 20:03

You can drastically reduce their size, for a while, by firm pruning. I've done it & providing you dont do it much later than early August, to allow it to settle before the colder weather, it should cope quite well. I'd always take cuttings & check they've taken first before I got the pruning saw out though. So that would mean next year now to do a really hard prune.

Yours is such a feature & obviously very happy though I'd be inclined to let it be. BTW bees usually love them too. J.

29/07/2012 at 18:07

Yes I have grown to love my hebe, after wanting to prune it right back I now see it for the beautiful feature that it is. Would be nice to know if anyone else has one this big!

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