Hebe topiaria

13 Oct

Hebe topiaria Detail (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

Hebe topiaria Detail (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread: 1cm

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a

Family: Plantaginaceae

Hebe topiaria is a low growing compact, evergreen shrub with a hummock shaped growth habit. Its green/ grey leaves are obtuse with entire margins, up to 12mm long and 6mm wide. Its white flowers infrequently appear in short racemes.

Hebe topiaria, commonly known as Topiarist’s Hebe, is native to the Nelson mountains, to the north of the South Island, New Zealand.

The etymological root of the binomial name Hebe is derived from the Greek Goddess of youth. Topiaria is from the Latin meaning ‘of ornamental gardening’, in reference to this plant’s topiarised form.

Hebe topiaria (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

Hebe topiaria (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

The landscape architect may find  Hebe topiaria useful as a low growing evergreen shrub. It may be useful as a low informal hedge. It is suitable for planting in coastal locations and in dappled shade. It is tolerant of some pollution. It should be protected from drying winds.

Ecologically,  Hebe topiaria is attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given E Hebe topiaria their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

  Hebe topiaria prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It prefers a neutral to alkali pH of soil.

Hebe topiaria requires little maintenance.

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