There are so many plants in the world, it is impossible to know them all. But having lived in a completely different place (where it seems like, by comparison to here, everything grows well — a.k.a. – England) I have known many more plants than my current palette would suggest.
image from mooseys country garden.
Yesterday’s post about the Acres Wild garden brought back from memory the Hebe — a plant I have never once seen in a nursery here in New England. While the most likely reason is that they don’t grow well here, I am never one to assume that your average nursery does much more than display in a retail setting the offerings of a wholesaler…who generally sticks to a limited and very commercial plant list. So I checked around and unfortunately for me, I can’t find a Hebe that is reliable under winter conditions less than 5-10 deg F. Do you know of one? According to every zone map I am in zone 6 (or sunset zone 38) even though I would really say zone 5 is more true — but that is a topic for another post)
Hebe buxifolia image from Wild Ginger Farm.
I am quite fond of Hebe topiaria, Hebe red edge, Hebe cuppressiodes and Hebe buxifolia.
Hebe topiaria torlesse photo from del sueve.
Hebe cuppressiodes image from Alpine Garden Society
This image by Running Hare Garden Design reminds me of my school days….I snapped a picture (pre digital 35mm days) that was almost identical to this…and I used it constantly – every presentation I made had a the Hebe picture somewhere, even if it was just the cover photo. It is the textures of this plant that hook you. They generally have the look of boxwoods, cypresses and other evergreens, but have a can sometimes grow a bit faster, and stay beautiful a little easier.
Hebe red edge image from Bragsland Barn.
Are are you lucky enough to be able to grow Hebe? (i.e. generally zone 8-10) If so, what is your favorite variety?