London (change)
Today 8°C / 3°C
Tomorrow 7°C / 3°C
20 messages
22/04/2014 at 07:49

I have a Hebes on the top of the rock garden and it is getting too big for the situation; can it be pruned perhaps later in the growing season?

22/04/2014 at 08:03

Hi artjak   There's an old thread on pruning hebes ............. here it is 

22/04/2014 at 08:08

I prune them.   Salicifolia varieties are pruned after flowering.  The autumn flowering ones I prune in spring.  The smaller........pagei, subalpina, etc. are more difficult.  They are slow growing but suddenly get big and leggy so I trim these for shape in spring.  Generally, hebes seem to dislike drastic pruning into old wood.

22/04/2014 at 08:08

 I've pruned a few different ones which outgrew spaces but I found little and often was usually better than a severe haircut - some of them didn't like hard pruning, but that also may be down to weather here. They took a while to recover -  and sometimes didn't.... 

22/04/2014 at 16:02

Dove, thank you for that link; problem is all the advice says to prune after flowering; but this hebe is in a pretty shady location and I can't really say that I have ever noticed it flowering! It is probably about 10 years old, small leafed and this year has become just too large.

Any further thoughts?

22/04/2014 at 16:12

I have one in a big pot that grew down and into soil. One I inherited so no idea what it is, it's never flowered but last year I cut a good amount from it and moved it. I was amazed at the sap that leaked out, I expected it to die. Some parts looked a bit black.

It hasn't died, it has regrown leaves but hasn't flowered but not knowing much about them I don't know when it should flower. Just nice foliage sitting in a pot in an  "awkward " place. It has had a treat of FBB and I'll see what happens. Don't want it in the graden & don't want to re-pot, so we'll see.

Basically no help to you at all Artjak

22/04/2014 at 16:18

I had a buxifolia type one in a pot at the front door of a previous house art. It got virtually no sun and only ever had a few flowers because of that - in fact it's a wonder it survived at all! I kept it more as a box 'replacement'  and trimmed it now and again to keep it tidy. Could it be that type?  I have three vernicosa ones at the moment which I've just put into big terracotta pots for that same purpose - they're similar to box too.  I can put a pic on if you want to compare. Perhaps you could prune it a few times over the course of the year and gradually get it back. 

22/04/2014 at 16:20

when i eventually get off the phone from scottish power i will go and take a photo. i may be quite old by then

22/04/2014 at 16:21

Fairy I'd like to see a pic of your hebe to see if mine is same.

22/04/2014 at 16:25

No probs KEF 

Not a great pic but you should be able to enlarge. I can take a better one if necessary


22/04/2014 at 16:31

Here's a better one. I even went out in the rain to take it....


22/04/2014 at 16:32

..I recently cut back my Hebe 'Red Edge' very hard. to a few inches of base... it's now shooting out everywhere... it had only 2 choices...well 3... live, die or sulk...

22/04/2014 at 16:32

 First pic shows how it sits, brooding over the rock garden and second pic gives an idea of he leaf size (excuse my awful finger nails - they are always like that in the gardening season)

22/04/2014 at 16:41

I'd say that's more like one of the pinguifolia types. There's quite a few varieties though. Looks a bit too green to be pagei.

Your hands look much cleaner than mine art 

I did the same with a Red Edge one Salino..not sure it survived though....

22/04/2014 at 17:56

Some of those hebes don't flower or flower sparsely but usually these are grown for their foliage.  Always best in the sun though.  I think timing is important too with the little 'uns.  When warm, even hot, I think hebes respond best.  They sulk if cold.  

01/07/2014 at 18:45

I'm not sure which variety I have but this one has grown huge this year. I need to prune it back before it swallows the swing



20/07/2014 at 13:52

Just wanted to say how refreshing it is to read blogs from cheerful, literate people. Maybe gardening should be compulsory. the world might be a happier place.

And my Hebe is going to get a drastic prune TODAY. Much too big.

20/07/2014 at 22:23

corncockle; what a lovely compliment to us all I absolutely agree about compulsory gardening: to all those who say,'bring back National Service', I think young men and women should all spend 1 year at Kew Gardens, or similar as apprentices. Then they would not be entering adult life thinking that farmers 'grow mud' or throwing away an apple because there is a spot of earth on it. Those last 2 items I read this week about children's beliefs about their food.

21/07/2014 at 11:27

Corncockle, how drastic a prune? I really need to cut mine back but have no idea how far to take it.

21/07/2014 at 11:31

I drastically pruned 3 hebes about 2 months ago - none have survived. Oh well - more planting opportunities!

email image
20 messages