• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowering Shrub
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:HEE-bee
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Design IdeasHebes are excellent front yard foundation plants that look great in every season. Use in quantity to create low naturalistic hedges or lightly clip for semi-formal appearance. Use in masses evenly spaced for uniform, low maintenance ground coverage. Superior color for mixed beds and borders that need glossy foliage for in between flowering seasons. Particularly valuable for adding volume to tropical looking gardens of large leaf or lanky form exotics.
    Companion PlantsSweet Flag (Acorus); Cranesbill (Geranium); Russian Sage (Perovskia); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Trumpet Vine (Clytostoma);
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average, acidic, loose, well-drained soil; does not tolerate heavy, wet soils. Thrives in cool coastal areas; shelter from harsh sun exposures in hotter regions. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize in early spring. For a semi-formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    New Zealand hebes have long been bred in Denmark as greenhouse pot plants. It was not until recently that breeder Jack Hobbs, curator of the Aukland Regional Botanical Gardens, produced the wildly successful Wiri hebe varieties. They first came on the market in 1995 with Wiri Blush one of the latest introductions.