Hebe rakaiensis

Bright green blobs 3ft wide and 1ft high that can grow together to make contiguous blobs. They need lots of light and any reasonably well drained soil. It's given to getting brown spots on the leaves on the nursery (which we spray with fungicide to control) and yet, as soon as they go in the ground, the spots go away. Weird. This is the bright green version of the glaucous (greyish) Hebe sutherlandii. They're both used in landscaping a lot and thank God for that because it's hard to make these plants look anything other than delicious. If you're local, look out for both these plants on the roundabout where the A24 and the A264 meet between Horsham and Crawley or Horsham and Capel. A bit of horticultural relief on a road like that can only be welcome. 

All the tiny leafed little blobby Hebes have the great attribute of looking like they've been clipped when they haven't. A great boon for the idle gardener and the reluctant topiarist. However, one of the points about topiary is you clip the plants regularly to keep them the same size. This means that however idle or reluctant you are in the gardening department, you might have to clip these occasionally.

Propagated by cuttings.

Features Hardiness rating
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.

Coastal, Exposed, Pots, Shrubs, Soil - Clay, Soil - Dry/Well drained, Space & Light, Topiary & Niwaki Green

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