Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: moist, well drained and fertile
Flowering period: June to August
Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
The pretty foliage of this compact evergreen, which changes from green to burgundy during the colder months, is reason enough to find a spot in the garden for it, but it also offers summer interest with its spikes of lavender-blue flowers. It makes a good choice for a pot, particularly if winter colour is needed.
Garden care: Needs minimal pruning. Prune hebes as soon as the flowers have faded. This leaves plenty of time for the new growth to mature before cold weather hits. Using secateurs, remove the dead flower heads and cut the foliage back by up to a third. If your plant has become 'leggy' and tired, you can often rejuvenate it by cutting it back hard.
Remove misplaced or frost damaged branches in late spring. Protect from severe winter weather.