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Hebe Inspiration is a compact evergreen shrub known for its eye-catching variegated foliage. The leaves are small, lance-shaped, and feature a beautiful combination of green, creamy-white, and pinkish-red hues. In the summertime, it produces dense tubular spikes of vibrant lavender-blue flowers in summer, making it a showstopper in any garden. It reaches a height of 60-90 cm and a similar spread, making it an ideal choice for smaller gardens or as a container plant. It is widely used in gardens for its ornamental value and is well-suited for hedges, borders, or as a standalone feature. Additionally, Hebe Inspiration attracts pollinators, making it a valuable asset to your garden's ecosystem. It is generally hardy in New Zealand's temperate climate, tolerating a range of soil types and conditions.

 

Watering

Hebe Inspiration thrives in well-drained soil and prefers regular watering. During the dry season, it's essential to keep the soil consistently moist. However, it's equally important not to overwater, as Hebes do not appreciate waterlogged soil – they will quickly develop root rot.

 

Feeding

Fertilise with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to encourage healthy growth and vibrant foliage. Avoid excessive feeding, as it can lead to lush, vulnerable growth.

 

Pruning

Regular pruning is essential to maintain the compact shape and encourage new growth. Prune after flowering, cutting back the stems to promote a bushier habit. Removing dead or diseased wood is also a good practice.

 

Overwintering

Hebe Inspiration is generally hardy but may require some protection in colder regions. Mulch around the base of the plant to protect its roots during winter, and consider covering it with frost cloth during severe frosts.

 

Birds & Bees

Hebe Inspiration is a favourite of pollinators, especially bees, which are vital for a healthy garden ecosystem. By planting this hebe, you can help support local bee populations and promote biodiversity.

 

Location

In the wild, Hebe species are found in various habitats across New Zealand, from coastal cliffs to mountain slopes. When incorporating Hebe Inspiration into your garden, consider its natural habitat preferences. It thrives in well-drained soil, making it suitable for rock gardens, coastal gardens, and mixed border plantings.

 

Propagation

Hebe Inspiration can be propagated through cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. Choose non-flowering shoots and place them in a well-draining propagation mix. Keep them in a sheltered spot until they've established roots, and then transplant them into your garden.

 

Diseases, Insects & Pests

Hebes are resilient to most diseases and pests, however if they are over-watered or in poor draining soil they can develop root-rot. Similarly if they’re squeezed in too tight to other plants and don’t get enough airflow they can get powdery mildew.

 

Substitutes

If you're looking for alternatives to Hebe Inspiration, consider other Hebe species like Hebe Wiri Image or Hebe Wiri Charm for similar compact growth habits and vibrant flowers.

 

Plants to Pair With

Try some strappy-leaf plants like flax (Phormium), Renga Renga Liliy (Arthropodium), or likes of Libertia for good foliage contrast.

Hebe Inspiration

$14.50Price
    • Evergreen: Yes
    • Flower colour: Lavender blue
    • Mature size: 0.7m wide x 0.7m tall
    • Temperature: Hardy
    • Light: Sun/semi shade
    • Moisture: Medium
    • Soil: Well drained
    • Wind tolerance: Hardy

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