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Hebe bit the dust- replacement?

Posted by drcindy z8 WA (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 27, 09 at 19:25

I was very disappointed to see my established 4' Hebe "Great Orne" is completely dead; it was such a nice shrub with such beautiful flowers. But I guess this now gives me the opportunity to replace it with something else. The area is south facing in a raised bed against the house, and actually right against my dining room window (though we rarely eat in there). There is a small pink blooming butterly bush on the side, but that is it. Like the Hebe, I would LOVE to have something evergreen and it couldn't get any bigger than the Hebe was. Flowers would be an additional bonus. Any suggestions? TIA!

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RE: Hebe bit the dust- replacement?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 27, 09 at 23:37

The large-leaved hebes such as 'Great Orme' tend to be tender. However, there are other kinds with smaller leaves that have lower minimum temperatures. Maybe you should look at some of those.

RE: Hebe bit the dust- replacement?

I'd replant with another hebe :-) Recognizing these plants are semi-tender at best, they are not overly expensive, grow rapidly, flower for an extended period and will survive maybe 4 out of 6 winters, perhaps longer. Not a bad investment all in all. My 'Amy' or 'Alicia Amherst' (I think they are pretty much interchangeable) apparently succumbed this winter as well but I've had it for about 6 or 7 years and enjoyed its flowering from late summer well into winter nearly all of those years.

Smaller leafed hebes do tend to be more cold tolerant but they also tend to be not as floriferous as the larger leafed forms.

RE: Hebe bit the dust- replacement?

I also have a couple of hebe that look terrible and also looking for a replacement. So far there is some new growth but I don't think it will look nearly as full and bushy for some time. I think I will transplant it to another part of the garden to see if it survives and replace it with something else. Look forward to the suggestions.

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