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Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Purple in Summer

Foliage

Blue and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Stem

Dark Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

hebe 'Quicksilver'

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

'Quicksilver' is a spreading evergreen dwarf shrub to 30cm in height, with dark stems and small bright blue-grey leaves. Flowers pale violet, in spikes to 4cm in length

Synonym(s)

  • Hebe 'Quicksilver'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Easy to grow in a moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Banks and Slopes or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

Can get aphids and tortrix moth

Diseases

A leaf spot and a downy mildew may be a problem