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Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling'

Hebe

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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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 grouping at the front of borders they also grow well in containers. Plants flower best in full sun, with some humus such as compost worked in to prevent roots becoming too dry. 'James Stirling' is a dense dwarf variety, with glossy stems, almost upright and tightly packed with minimal leaves. This characteristic is shared by several Hebes with a conifer-like appearance described as whipcord. Plants of this kind are not usually pruned. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Hebe

Species: ochracea

Cultivar: James Stirling

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: May to June


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