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Hebes are versatile garden plants, offering bright foliage colours in the Winter and sparkling flowers through Summer into Autumn

Hebe's for your garden

You can grow Hebe’s in a container or a border with a size and colour to suit every palette!  They work well as specimen plants or in association with other flowering and foliage plants. (please click here for details on caring for your Hebe’s)

A Hebe for every season

With the glowing foliage colours from December through till April and year round interest of the variegated forms Hebe’s make an excellent addition to your garden.  In addition to the array of foliage colours they are also superb flowering plants colours range from white through lilac and blue to deep purples.

Garden Beauty Hebe's

Many of the Hebe varieties which are listed in these pages have been selected or introduced by Lowaters Nursery, over the years we have looked for key areas of improvement within the Genus. We believe that Midnight Sky offers a significant development in foliage colour, The Garden Beauty® series are excellent compact and free flowering varieties and the most recent Garden Elegance range adds hardiness and disease resistance to some stunning late summer varieties.

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Hebe Carnea Variegata is an elegant garden shrub with attractive variegated foliage which is pale green with an irregular creamy white margin, the new growth is flushed with pink. In July and August a stunning display of flowers is produced, racemes 7-8cm in length are formed at the tips these are a rich pink and fade to white from the base giving the appearance of a bi-colour flower.

Hebe Royal Blue is a striking evergreen shrub with large deep green glossy leaves and from July until the first frosts large rounded racemes 10cm+ long of deep blue flowers are produced at the tips. These are a particularly deep blue with sparkling white pollen which gives a striking contrast. Forms a rounded shrub.

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Hebe Albicans is a compact bushy variety forming a dense mound of bright glaucous silver-grey foliage, in June and July masses of flowers appear which are pink in bud opening to pure white and carried in broad racemes up to 5cm long. This is one of the naturally occurring New Zealand species from the South Island.

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Hebe Autumn Glory is a well known variety which has been in cultivation for a long time, believed to have originated as a seedling in Ireland at the turn of the last century. In Summer the rounded leaves are dark green with a purple margin which spreads in the colder Winter months to produce a red-purple effect to the plant. From July to October prolific racemes are produced, these are stubby and rounded - the flowers are violet / purple in colour with contrasting white pollen.

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Hebe Baby Marie is a very dense compact shrub with tiny deep green leaves arranged in pairs up the stems, it is one of the earliest varieties to flower in April through May, producing many upright racemes of flowers 2-3cm long which are pink in bud opening lilac pink and fading to white. A trouble free variety which is particularly striking as a flowering plant.

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Hebe Blue Elegance is raised by Lowaters Nursery and first sold in 2009. This collection was selected to give a series of Summer flowering varieties which were hardy, disease resistant and with clear and contrasting flower colours with inflorescences in excess of 10cm. Blue Elegance forms a rounded bush with glossy mid-green leaves and from July until the first frosts masses of clear blue flowers are carried in dense terminal racemes 10-15cm long.

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Hebe Blue Gem is a medium sized shrub with large, rounded glossy green leaves often seen growing in coastal areas. The variety is vigorous and produces a striking display of purple / blue flowers in June and July which continue in smaller numbers until Autumn. The lush green foliage makes it a useful backdrop for other plants and its long flowering period really stands out.

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Hebe Blue Haze is raised by Lowaters Nursery and first sold in Autumn 2013, Blue Haze was selected for its attractive blue foliage which forms a compact, dense, evergreen mound. In Early Summer masses of silvery blue flowers are produced all over the plant. This variety originated as an open pollinated seedling with H. Caledonia as it\'s mother.

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Hebe Blue Ice is raised by Lowaters Nursery and first sold in 2013, Blue Ice was selected for its lush green foliage foliage which forms a compact, dense, evergreen mound. In Summer masses of upright spikes bearing pale blue flowers are produced all over the plant, putting on a stunning display for 4 - 6 weeks.

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Hebe Blush Elegance is raised by Lowaters Nursery and first sold in 2009. This variety was chosen for it\'s glossy green foliage and masses of blush pink flowers in long, dense, tapered racemes which are 10cm long.

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Hebe Boughton Silver is a selection of H. recurva with a more dense habit and intensely silver-blue foliage and narrow leaves. In May and June prolific flowers are borne on slender racemes which are pure white. A very attractive variety which attracts butterflies and bees.

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Hebe brevifolia is a native form from New Zealand. Very different to the species this variety makes a low spreading shrub with leathery deep green glossy leaves 7cm long. From July until the first frosts large numbers of rich reddish-pink flowers are produced in open pointed racemes up to 7cm in length. May need some protection in colder areas.

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Hebe Bronze Glow is raised by Lowaters nursery, 2010 was the first launch for this new variety. The plant has a compact freely branching habit and in Winter the small rounded leaves turn a striking bronze colour with tips that almost glow in the Winter sunshine. In May and again in Autumn racemes 6cm long of pale blue flowers are produced at the tips.

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Hebe buxifolia Nana is an upright freely branching variety with a spreading habit, the leaves are small (1cm long), elliptical, glossy and green. In early Summer white or pale lavender flowers are produced in large numbers at the tips.

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Hebe Caledonia is a very popular garden variety which forms an attractive open shrub. Caledonia has a very long period of interest with striking burgundy foliage and stems through the colder months (November to May), the leaves then turn green against a red stem and in July and August stubby racemes 3cm long of purple flowers are produced, a second flush and sporadic flowers may then develop through into early Winter.

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Hebe Carl Teschner also called H. Youngii. A prostrate variety which forms a dense spreading mound. The leaves are small and deep green and in June and July almost disappear under a mass of violet blue flowers with white throats which fade to white. This is one of the toughest varieties, very hardy and trouble free, requiring no trimming.

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Hebe Dark Star is a selection raised at Lowaters and first sold in 2013. We chose this variety for it\'s strong upright growth which carries the foliage which remains dark for most of the year and stays dark purple from December right through till June, from mid Summer onwards rich purple flowers are produced in densely packed upright panicles.

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Hebe diosmifolia Wairua Beauty is a compact multi-branched shrub which forms a tidy mound of pale lime green leaves which are small and narrow. In June and July (for 4 weeks) a mass of heliotrope mauve flowers are produced in corymbs at the ends of shoots, these are larger than the species. The plant was discovered as a sport of the species in Wairua in New Zealand hence the name.

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