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Hebe Burning Heart


Shrubby veronica

Amazing colour changing foliage

A real chameleon of a plant which changes colours through the seasons from soft green and grey to vivid pink, influenced by the light and temperature. The leaves are even more striking than the short spikes of pink summer flowers, which will not go unnoticed by bees and butterflies. Growing to only 30cm (1ft) or so it forms a rounded mound which positively glows in the garden when the leaves are at their brightest.


Plant in full sun in a sheltered situation in a bed or border. Perfect for a pot on the patio, balcony or in a courtyard.


Any well-drained fertile soil that is not too dry. Protect from severe winter weather. Best pruned in spring, cutting back to where new shoots are emerging lower down in the shrub. This is only necessary on older plants.

Hailing from New Zealand hebes hate hot, dry situations.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 25 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September