Hebe cupressoides ‘Boughton Dome’


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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Hebe cupressoides 'Boughton Dome' caught the eye of GPP judges over the course of a three-year hebe evaluation at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon. It is a very unusual evergreen shrub, noted for its interesting foliage and bun-like habit. Small, gray-green leaves cover this tidy, mounding plant, giving the look of a dwarf conifer. Use it in a rock garden or wherever cool, gray tones are needed in the sunny parts of your garden. This slow-growing hebe can easily be damaged by more vigorous neighbors, so give it plenty of room and keep fast-growing, floppy plants at a distance. It combines well with winter-blooming heaths, cyclamen, snowdrops and spring vetchling (Lathyrus vernus). This dwarf hebe was found in Scotland by Valerie Finnis in 1970 and named after Boughton House, in Northamptonshire, UK.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 24 ft. 0 in. (7.32 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 36 ft. 0 in. (10.97 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, purple, black

Great Color Partners: blue, silver, dark green

Culture Notes
Plant this cold hardy hebe in well-drained or sandy soil with full sun. Once established it needs only occasional watering during dry weather. Sometimes Hebe cupressoides 'Boughton Dome' will revert to the larger-growing Hebe cupressoides. Cut out this more-vigorous growth as soon as it appears, or it will spoil the shape of ‘Boughton Dome’. 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.