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Hebe rakaiensis (Shrubby Veronica)

Shrubby Veronica, Rakai Hebe, Golden Dome Hebe


Compact, rounded, Hebe rakaiensis, commonly known as Shrubby Veronica, is a small, evergreen, dome-shaped shrub featuring tiny, bright glossy green leaves and short, dense spikes of white flowers from early to mid summer. Tough, hardy and easy to grow, Hebe rakaiensis provides color all year round, as well as form, texture and contrast to its companion plants. Additionally, it requires no pruning, so it is of great architectural value in the garden!

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Typically grows up to 3 ft. tall (90 cm) and 4 ft. wide (120 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in well-drained soils. It is not fussy about soils although it prefers moderately alkaline to neutral soils. Grows well in poor to moderately fertile soils.
  • Very versatile, this plant is perfect for beds, borders, containers. Well suited to coastal gardens. May be be clipped to a low formal hedge, similarly to Boxwood.
  • Rarely affected by pests or diseases, it requires little maintenance. Keep an eye out for aphids and downy mildew.
  • While pruning is not necessary, you may want to prune back straggly shoots in spring, but do not cut into old wood.
  • Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Cultivars will not come true. Root semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or autumn with added bottom heat.
  • Native to New Zealand.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hebe - Shrubby Veronicas
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Salt
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hebe - Shrubby Veronicas
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Salt
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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