Height: 4 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Shrubby Veronica
An upright, rounded evergreen shrub with glossy gray foliage edged in cream; lovely white flowers in late spring and early summer; an excellent addition to the shrub border
Topiaria Hebe has masses of beautiful corymbs of white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It has attractive grayish green foliage edged in creamy white. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The chartreuse branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Topiaria Hebe is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Topiaria Hebe is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Topiaria Hebe will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.
Topiaria Hebe makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.