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Trees and Shrubs: Hebe 'Nicola's Blush'

Botanical name: Hebe 'Nicola's Blush'

Common name: Hebe, Nicola's Blush

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, neutral, sand
Zones: 8a thru 11b


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The re-classification of the Veronica group gave us Veronica, Hebe and Parahebe. All have similar flower types. Generally the shrubby types are given to Hebes and Parahebes, while the herbaceous perennials are listed as Veronica. All do well in coastal gardens;dry summer heat and winter frosts shorten their lives. Suitable for a wide range of sites, including a mixed or shrub border or a rock garden. Hebes are also good container plants and will tolerate some pollution. The whipcord hebes are excellent rock garden plants. Grow in poor or moderately fertile soil, moist but well drained. Sun or partial shade is best with shelter from cold, drying winds.There are 2 main groups: the broad-leafed hebes, fast-growing shrubs with pleasing foliage and abundant spikes of small flowers ranging from white through pink to violet and blue over a long summer to fall season; and the whipcord hebes with small leaves giving them the appearance of dwarf conifers, and with white or pale mauve flowers. Most are best suited to warm climates, where they grow well in sun or shade. In cooler climates, sun us preferred. Moist but well drained soil is best.Hebe 'Nicola's Blush' is a low growing cultivar, recently introduced by County Park Nursery, Essex. Little is known of how it came to be raised. What is known is that it has a long flowering season, from June to November. The light pink flowers gradually fade to white, giving it a two-toned effect. An attractive, low growing newer Hebe for the garden.


Found from coastal areas to mountain regions, mainly in New Zealand but also in S.E. Australia, New Guinea and South America.

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