Caring for a Hebe (Veronica) plant

Hebes (Veronica) plants are one of those plants that have the “girl-next-door” looks. In fact, most gardeners may have a Hebe plant or two as fillers instead of the focal plant in their beds. One of reasons, Hebes plant grows without too much fuss. However, the Hebe is sometimes bundled in with the Veronica family actually a plant that deserves far more attention than it receives. Even though this plant is certainly pretty and it attracts butterflies and bees, they don\’t last long and they look hideous when they are finished performing against many of other stunning blooms. Nowadays, with new hybrids starting to enter the market, the plain Hebe may see a refreshing acceptance amongst gardeners. The improvement shows on their foliage which is more elongated ovate leaves. Some like the H “Mary Antoinette” species, offering burgundy undersides which look amazing contrasted against the deep green leaf. The flower color is deeming from vivid whites through magenta pinks and dark purples. If you decide or have already planted these couple of Hebes plant, you will need to know how to look after them. Here are some tips on how to take care of your hebes plant:

  • They will grow great either in garden beds or in containers.
  • Hebes prefer slightly acidic soil, well drained but still do well in those coastal alkaline sands.
  • Use semi-hardwood cuttings taken at the end of summer to propagate the Hebes plants easily.
  • One major drawback for the Hebes plant is its desire to become \’leggy”. It is recommended that you cut it back about a third for it after each flourish blooms, so it will retain its compact shape.
  • You can grow Hebes in almost any climatic region, from frost-prone areas to tropical.
  • Hebes are virtually maintenance free and they are not susceptible to many disease and pests.

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