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Hebe Ruby Port

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Shrubby veronica

A superb new compact hebe with dark purple-green leaves, purple on the reverse, becoming intensely coloured in winter. Throughout summer short spikes of starry violet flowers are freely produced at the tips of the shoots; lovely against the dark leaves. The flowers are a rich source of nectar for bees and butterflies. Growing to only 60cm (2ft) or so it is perfect for the small garden and is hardy, disease resistant and easy to grow.

Where?

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.

How?

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
Flowering July - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 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