Hebe parviflora angustifolia
If you didn't know that 'fluffy' was a pukka horticultural term, you do now. An extraordinary plant with a cast iron constitution - easily the most robust plant on the nursery. Not only a beautiful emerald green all through the winter but extremely frost hardy and able to grow absolutely anywhere - including where very little else will. In full sun this Hebe forms a typically moundy Hebe shape, producing a copious crop of white flowers in mid summer. However, it's its ability to grow happily in shady, dry and generally difficult spots that it really comes into its own. Shade will cause the plant to be drawn up revealing its woody structure at the base. It will usually grow to about 6ft (2 metres) but can be cut back from time to time with no ill effects. This should be done in the spring - not the autumn.
It's happy in any soil but, because it's such a vigorous grower, not suitable for growing in a pot. We have been growing this Hebe as a hedge for some years now with excellent results. Such a reliable plant that, to be quite honest, if you kill this, you might like to consider turning your attentions away from gardening to other pursuits.
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
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