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Hebe 'Margret' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Blue in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

hebe 'Margret'

Family

Plantaginaceae


Hebe are evergreen shrubs or small trees, with paired, simple leaves and racemes or spikes of small, 4-lobed, tubular to salver-shaped flowers in summer and autumn

'Margret' is a compact, rounded evergreen shrub with bright green foliage and light blue flowers in short racemes in early summer, often repeating in early autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in poor to moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade and is tolerant of some pollution

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Cultivars will not come true. Root semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or autumn with added bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

aphids may be a problem

Diseases

A leaf spot and a downy mildew may be a problem