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Hebe topiaria (Topiarist’s Hebe)

Topiarist's Hebe

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Hebe topiaria, Topiarist's Hebe, Evergreen Shrub, Small Shrub, Dwarf Shrub
Hebe topiaria, Topiarist's Hebe, Evergreen Shrub, Small Shrub, Dwarf Shrub

Hebe topiaria (Topiarist’s Hebe) is a tidy and compact evergreen shrub boasting a striking foliage of densely arranged, small, pointed, deep gray-green leaves adorned with yellow-green edges. Topiarist’s Hebe features such a clean and neat habit that it needs no attention. In summer, short racemes of white flowers resembling small white puffs appear on the tips of the branches. A great choice as a specimen plant or as an informal hedge.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Typically grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soils. Prefers moderately alkaline to neutral soils. Protect from cold, drying winds.
  • Very versatile, this plant is perfect for banks and slopes, beds and borders, or containers. Well suited to city gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens, or cottage gardens.
  • Rarely affected by pests or diseases, it requires little maintenance. Keep an eye out for aphids and downy mildew.
  • Needs little pruning. Prune lightly removing unsightly shoots as required in mid to late spring. This shrub blooms in summer and late fall on the previous or current year’s growth.
  • 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.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Hebe
Common names Hebe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Hebe buxifolia ‘Patty’s Purple’
Hebe Purple Shamrock
Hebe ‘Frozen Flame’
Hebe speciosa ‘Variegata’
Hebe ‘Silver Queen’
Hebe cupressoides ‘Boughton Dome’

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Skimmia japonica (Japanese Skimmia)
Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’ (American Arborvitae)
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Hebe
Common names Hebe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Do I Need?
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