Hebe

Petit arbuste très prolifique en feuillage et en fleurs, la véronique arbustive (Hebe) embellit les jardins dans les régions douces. Elle est très prisée sur le littoral et sur les terrasses des jardins urbains.
Common name : Hebe
Scientific name : Hebe
Family : Scrofulariaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Hebe has four perpendicular rows of leaves in opposite decussate pairs. The flowers are said "perfect" - the corolla usually has four slightly unequal lobes, the flower has two stamens and a long style. Flowers are arranged in a spiked inflorescence. Identification of Hebe species is difficult, especially if they are not in flower. The varieties range in size from dwarf shrubs to small trees up to 7 metres, and are distributed from coastal to alpine ecosystems. Hebes are grown in many gardens or public areas - they attract butterflies! Hebes cope with most soil types, and can be propagated easily from both seed and cuttings.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 30 - 200
pH 6 - 8

Plant my hebe

Plant your hebe from October to March except during frost - planting before winter allows better rooting - in a sunny situation. Hebe prefers a light, fresh and rich soil. Plant in full sun or partial shade. Before planting, prune damaged roots and branches to balance root volume and aerial volume. Plant in a hole at least twice as big as the root ball. Basin the roots before planting, it will greatly improve the chances of recovery. Plant being careful not to bury the base of the stems. Form a hollow around the plant, it will be used for watering during the first months. Tamp the soil around the roots - do not hesitate to use all your body weight! Finally water until filling the planting hollow, at least two watering cans! To plant in pots choose species with small development. It is imperative that you have a large pot or a tray with a diameter corresponding to the foliage's. Mix loam, sand and compost, which you will have on a layer of gravel for drainage. Plant after shortening the branches well, then water copiously.

Water my hebe

In the first month and in case of drought, water abundantly but not too frequently, so that the roots will fetch water deeper. Water thoroughly, until the soil is full and forms a small puddle around the tree.

Prune my hebe

No need to prune, they are naturally compact. On the other hand, in case of accident and damage, prune the dry branches, and open the hole that has been formed by cutting a little around it. The light must enter this hole so that new buds come to produce twigs and gradually close it.

Shelter my hebe

Hebe fear frost! To protect yours, shelter it inside before the first frosts.

Put outside my hebe

You can take your shrubby veronica after the last frosts - in a spot in the sun or semi shade.

Mulch my hebe

In pots, mulch twice a year, it's nicer, and it halves watering. In open soil, the first years it is essential to avoid the chore of weeding. As usual, vary the types of mulching, alternate between dry leaves, compost, crushed wood, etc.

Repot my hebe

Repot each year your shrubby veronicas, replacing the top layer with some ripe compost that you will cover with mulch.

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