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Hebe Rhubarb and Custard


Shrubby veronica

A low maintenance shrub which gives year round interest

A striking hebe with wonderful multicoloured leaves, variegated with cream, pink and yellow throughout the year. In summer the plant is covered with short spikes of starry violet flowers loved by bees and butterflies. A hardy hebe, perfect for any small garden, in winter the leaves flush deep red-pink. Growing to only 60cm (2ft) or so it forms a neat, rounded shrub.


Plant in full sun or semi shade 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. 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, Autumn, Winter
Flowering July - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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

Typically available

From April to September