Small White on Hebe
Small Tortoiseshells on Hebe Josephine
Peacock butterfly on Hebe, 5 August
Painted Lady butterfly, 5 August
Holly Blue butterfly, 16 August
Brown Argus on Hebe Josephine, 18 August
I have plenty of Hebe plants; many are without a name. It's quite easy to grow new plants from cuttings, which I have done, and also I inherited some Hebes in the present garden.
The flower spikes come in a range of shades of violet/mauve, pink and white and I've seen flowers on some of my plants during the winter months.
Hebes originate from New Zealand. The cold of an English winter can kill some varieties of this plant. I've found that the variegated-leafed ones and those with the larger leaves have been affected most. During February 2004, I wrapped several of my Hebes in hortricultural fleece to try to protect them from the worst of the cold.
Some Hebes need pruning to maintain a nice shape. The dead flower spikes can look rather ugly too, so dead-heading (removing dead flowers) is desirable.
Plant Type: hardy or slightly tender perennial shrub with evergreen leaves
Flowering time depends upon the particular variety
Height & spread: variable but 60cm-1.2m (2-4ft)
Position: Full sun with shelter from strong winds and hard frost. Smaller varieties are suitable for growing in pots.