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Hebe sutherlandii

Delicious grey leafed evergreen blobs. Could reach 3ft wide by 1ft tall eventually. Incredibly reliable. Lots of little white flowers in summer. They need light and any reasonably well drained soil. If you live locally, see the ones by the mini roundabout by Harwoods Garage on the A29 north of Billingshurst. I think they get driven over from time to time but they still look lovely. They form a soft greyish cushion insinuating themselves round the fence posts. I must tell Harwoods that their Hebes have a small fan club. I’m sure they’d be delighted to know.

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.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

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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.