The Happy Hebe

This Hebe was freed from a supermarket shelf…

It was in a teensy, weensy pot (no label!) and terribly pot-bound. But I think it likes its new home, and it’s looking very happy!

In autumn, garden centres here usually put Hebes in their mixed containers for a splash of colour and pretty evergreen foliage. These flowering shrubs – often mistakenly called Veronica – are native to New Zealand and South America, and there are over a hundred different species. Some flower all summer, others wait until late summer or autumn. And if you have a mild climate, some even flower through the winter months as well. Some resemble boxwood, others have spiky or variegated leaves.

This oval-leafed variety, with spikes of pale blue-violet flowers, is one of my favourites, but sadly the autumn-flowering Hebes are not very hardy.

By the way, the plant is named after the Greek goddess of youth, Hebe.

Have  you ever grown Hebes? I would love to hear your experiences!

For more information here are a few links…


Hebe Society

Portland Nursery

31 thoughts on “The Happy Hebe

  1. We stopped selling many hebes at our nursery in the Seattle area because of winter hardiness issues. But they are great plants and I hope to find some that do well here…..I know they are out there! They do look good in containers!

  2. Methinks I do have grown hebes, but my current garden somehow refuses to acknowledge the relationship! However may I say a laughing ‘hello’ to the violas in your delightful photos . . .?

  3. I have never grown “Hebes”, but perhaps will try that one day. Your combination with “Violas” looks
    very pretty. Have a happy weekend – in spite of the grey and rainy weather!

  4. Lovely Hebe! My husband cannot stand those sad dried-up pots you see in supermarkets and often comes home with one he claims to have “liberated”! I don’t have a Hebe but my daughter has some lovely ones.

  5. I havd rescued a few Hebes from supermarkets and garden centres too… they survive the winter but usually outgrow their space quite quickly (maybe I love them a little too much!). The trouble is I don’t know what variety they are apart from “Sale – buy now!!” Ha ha – your hebe looks very well behaved and pretty x

    • That’s the problem… the labels in supermarkets are often either non-existent, or wrong! I bought a cordyline once, with a yucca label on it! Funny, cos I’d been looking for a cordyline for years and had never seen one!

  6. Hi Cathy: Nice Hebe. I think I may have found a poor neglected one at the nursery late this summer…do they come in white..this one was white, I think I may have killed the poor thing.
    Don’t do what I did—Oh the horror–I forgot to water it–It may come back.
    Yours is beautiful.

    • Oh Strawberryindigo, how could you! Shame on you! 😉 I have a similar problem with our little Christmas tree that stands in a pot in the shade all summer, waiting for its front door performance of the year in December…. I forgot to water it too, and now I’m beginning to worry what it will look like with its lights and baubles on. Will they disguise or highlight its lack of needles? Aagh!

  7. Your Hebe is lovely and looks so healthy. I hadn’t heard of Hebe before but did buy a Veronica this spring that looks suspiciously like this except it is pink. Will have to investigate more.

  8. You can make anything grow – even supermarket pot plants! This hebe is a beauty and my first time seeing one. Thank you for a quick lesson today! I shall be on a lookout for hebes from now on! Hugs to you! 😀 Sharon

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