Hebe topiaria caught the eye of GPP judges over the course of a three-year hebe evaluation at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon. It stood out because of its rounded, compact habit and its striking foliage. Individual leaves are deep green with a yellow-green border, they are attached at angles to its olive-green stems, creating an interesting color combination. Because its overall habit is tight and compact, its specific epithet alludes to the look of a neatly clipped topiary shrub. Left to grow naturally, Hebe topiaria forms a gracefully mounding specimen. Alternatively, several plants can be used to create an informal hedge. Take advantage of its cool, gray leaf tones and use this shrub in warm sunny spots. It combines well with Mediterranean plants and dwarf conifers. It rarely flowers, but when it does, the blooms look like small white puffs scattered on the tips of the branches.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: gold, purple, black
Great Color Partners: blue, silver, dark green
Culture NotesPlant this cold hardy hebe in well-drained or sandy soil with full sun. Once established it needs only occasional watering during dry weather. It requires little pruning to maintain its compact shape. Hebes are not long lived plants but should remain attractive in the garden for ten to fifteen years. Replace older plants once they begin to deteriorate.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering