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Hebe Merlot Memories

Shrubby Veronica

Masses of lilac-pink flowers

This compact shrub has attractive leaves that darken through the colder winter and spring months. The short spikes of purple flowers will attract butterflies and bees throughout the summer.


A highly decorative small shrub for beds, borders and containers, and it is great for coastal gardens. It enjoys a spot in full sun or partial shade but shelter it from strong winds, especially during winter.


It prefers a slightly alkaline, well-drained soil.

This plant is a new introduction and part of a series of hebes including 'Claret Crush', Burgundy Blush', and 'Ruby Port'.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 155 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 155 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
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, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September