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Hebe 'Bowles Hybrid'

Hebe

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Small mound-forming Hebes tend to be hardier than larger varieties, and make very attractive neat plants for edging or containers - one way to ensure success with doubtful varieties is to plant extra deeply, with at least 4-5 buds below soil level to revive should frost injure the topgrowth. Plants flower best in full sun, and must have well-drained soil with some humus such as compost worked in to prevent the roots from becoming too dry. Hebes are drought-tolerant, have evergreen foilage and flower prolifically throughtout the summer. After flowering, sheer back flowering stems to keep the plant full. 'Bowles' Hybrid', often sold as 'Bowles' Variety', is a charming variety, perfect for the rock garden.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Hebe

Cultivar: Bowles Hybrid

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: July to September


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