Hebe 'Heartbreaker' (PBR)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well drained and fertile
- Flowering period: June - August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (will need protection in colder winters)
Recently introduced to the commercial market, this is a wonderful, evergreen shrub that will put on a colourful display throughout the year. The slender, cream-edged, green leaves form neat mounds, and look very pretty throuhghout the spring and summer. When the temperatures drop they take on a vivid pink flush, which lasts until the spring. It is mainly grown for this decorative foliage, but in summer it also produces clusters of mauve-coloured flowers. Its compact, rounded habit makes it ideal for and ideal specimen for a pot, but it also looks sensational towards the front of the border.
- Garden care:Needs minimal pruning. Remove misplaced or frost damaged branches in late spring. Protect from severe winter weather.
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Q:Hi, I bought 2 Hebe Heartbreakers from my local Dobbies 18 months ago and they look terrible. Both are in different areas of the garden, one in mostly sun and the other in shade. All that is left on them now is a few twigs. I have scraped the twigs and notice they are green underneath so think they are still alive. I have taken them out of the ground and put them into pots. Do you think I should cut right down and start again (hopefully) or put it down to the fact that I won't be able to revive them now. My soil is heavy clay.Asked on 3/23/2014 by sweetpea from swindon
I cannot be sure what the problem was with your hebes, but they do need a moist but well drained soil. Possibly your clay soil had become waterlogged with all the rain we had this winter - they won't have liked sitting in water.
I would make sure that you have good drainage in the pots, and that they are in a warm, sheltered area, and then give the plants a trim in late spring when there is no chance of a frost and see if they reshoot. Hope this helpsAnswered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:My parents have recently taken down 2 small walls at the front of their house. The plan was to replace with 2 wooden fences but I think evergreens would be so much nicer. We would like something that once it's planted will be there for a long time & will be easy maintained as my parents are elderly. I have seen Hebe Heartbreaker, do you think this would suit? Also I have read that this would need to be protected from frost, how do you do this? If this wouldn't suit could you suggest an alternative please?
JeanAsked on 5/12/2013 by Belle from Glasgow
These are lovely plants but they are not fully hardy and will need frost protection by covering the plants in colder winters with a 'fleece', so they may not be the ideal plant for your elderly parents.
It is difficult to recommend a plant when we don't know the aspect etc. but if you go to the main plant page and click on Hedging, then on the left handside of the page you can define your search to the aspect, colour, special features etc.
Sorry we can't be of more help this time.Answered on 5/16/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:I have a rockery planted with both decidious and evergreen azaleas on 3 levels which then continues up and over and slopes down the other side. I have acidic and clay soil and it is mainly a woodland garden although the rockery gets full morning sun in the summer. There are also Cornus flaviramea to provide winter interest on the top of the third level and heathers for late winter/ early spring on the bottom two levels which look good.. I am looking for a plant/shrub to give some summer interest having tried alchemilla, geranium and euphorbia cypresses which simply take over. The rockery is about 100 ft long so anything that also suppresses weeds is quite important! What would you suggest? Many thanks.Asked on 3/27/2013 by Jemima from Kent
There are several things that spring to mind - here are some of my favourites
Hypericum x moserianum Tricolor
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.tiarella/sort.0/Answered on 4/2/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Hi, I bought a Hebe last year not haveing one before I have kept it in the shed for the winter, which month should I prune it and put it back in the garden?Asked on 2/19/2013 by Biddy
Most of the Hebes we sell are fully hardy so these do not need winter protection, but we do have a couple that will need a little shelter in colder areas. Keeping plants in sheds however is usually not a good idea as they tend to suffer from very low light levels. Therefore I would move it outside as soon as possible and if you have one of the less hardy ones, move it to a sheltered spot (outside) during the worst of the weather. Most Hebes require little pruning, however if yours has become a little leggy in the shed, then you can give it a light trim from mid- to late spring.
I hope this helps,Answered on 2/21/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Non poisonous plants for pots please
Hi I wonder if you can help. I have a Nursery school and am looking for some plants I can plant in pots, that are in a partly sunny, partly shady spot. They have to be plants that aren't poisonous and provide interest over as much of the year as possible. I really like the plants in you ready made border section on the website site, particularly shady pink, sunny pink and keep it cool. Could you please tell me if any of these plants are suitable for my needs? Many Thanks JoanneAsked on 4/9/2010 by Happy Hearts Day Nursery
A:Hello Joanne, I think your best option would be to opt for mainly evergreen shrubs as these will provide year-round interest. You can then infill with some of the more colourful perennials. As long as the spot does not get too much shade, then here are some of your best options. Hebe http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hebe/ Vinca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/ Pachysandra terminalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/pachysandra-terminalis-/classid.3288/ evergreen ferns http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/plcid.309/vid.228/ Rhododendrons (choose the smaller varieties for pots) http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rhododendron/start.1/sort.0/cat.plants/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/9/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on leaves? Also shrubs for sunny border please
Hello Crocus Can you tell me why my Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on its leave - and how to treat it please! Many thanks LindaAsked on 4/7/2010 by Linda Binfield
A:Hello again Linda, Viburnum tinus 'French White' is an evergreen shrub that flowers in late winter and spring, so you could get too seasons of interest - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus-french-white/classid.4484/ Mahonias will flower in winter too http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.mahonia/ while Daphne odora Aureomarginata is pretty early in the spring http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/daphne-odora-aureomarginata/classid.3751/ For shrubs that flower throughout the summer, then here are some of my favourites:- Ceanothus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.ceanothus/ Lavender http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/ Hebe http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hebe/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:I'll try that Helen - thank you. Also I have a lovely Crocus voucher to spend! I have just cleared an old sunny border in front of an ornamental wall. I have kept a large Hydrangea at the end of the border but would like a couple of shrubs to put alongside to give some winter colour. Do you have any suggestions that would complement the Hydrangea? Thank you for your prompt reply. LindaAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Linda, The most likely cause of these black spots is Fungal Leaf Spot. This can be caused by a number of things, but is usually a result of the plant being stressed in some way. It may be that it was slightly too cold in winter, or if it is in a pot it may need to be moved to a larger one, or planted out into the ground. Keep an eye on the watering and try to improve the general growing conditions and you should start to see new growth. If the black spots are really unsightly, you should pick off the affected leaves (being careful not to defoliate it completely) and give it a feed with a general purpose fertiliser like Growmore. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Linda Binfield
Q:What can I plant?
I have a 1 ft wide border of poor quality soil along the edge of a patio which is adjacent to our neighbour's decking. I was wondering whether you could advise what I could plant. Thanks AnnaAsked on 6/29/2009 by Anna Trundle
A:Hello Anna, Ideally you should dig in as much composted organic matter as possible to enrich the soil before you plant, and then (if you don't mind plants spilling out from the border), you could plant any of the following. Lavandula, Hebe, Hypericum or Vinca.Answered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What evergreen shub would you recommend?
I wonder if you would be good enough to recommend some low(ish) growing, flowering, evergreen shrubs to grow in full sun for part of the day with well drained clay type soil. Kind regards. KeithAsked on 6/28/2009 by keith waters
A:Hello Keith, There are several lovely plants which spring to mind including Daphne, Hypericum, Rhododendron (the smaller cultivars) and Hebe. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Rabbit proof shrubs
Dear Sirs We are planning to plant a 30mt long border with flowering shrubs and have assorted colours of Rhododendrons in mind. Our main concern is that the shrubs must be rabbit proof as the border is adjacent to woods and a large grassed area. Also, where possible we would like to have 'flowers' on the shrubs throughout the summer. Would you be able to provide a picking list of suitable shrubs? Thank you for your prompt attention AndyAsked on 6/15/2009 by Clark, Andy (buying)
A:Hello there, These are really troublesome pests, and there are no effective deterrents available (apart from getting a guard dog) which will be any help to you. They tend to prefer leaves and soft stems rather than flowers and woody stems, and they seem to prefer feeding in exposed positions and often nibble plants at the edge of borders. This habit can be used to the gardener's advantage by planting more valuable subjects in the centre of beds. In winter, when food is scarce, deciduous plants at the edge of beds will not interest rabbits, and will help protect winter flowers in the centre. Below is a list of flowering shrubs which they usually tend to leave alone. Buddleia davidii, Ceanothus Cistus Cotoneaster dammeri Deutzia Hebe Hypericum Hydrangea Mahonia aquifolium Potentilla fructicosa Rhododendron spp. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:When do I cut back my Hebe?
I have two Hebes in my garden, which are about 2 feet high and 4 feet across now. Will I be able to trim them back after flowering or should I wait while the spring to trim them?Asked on 11/3/2005 by Jill Tuck
A:Most Hebes need very little pruning, however you can give them a light trim in mid to late spring.Answered on 11/4/2005 by Crocus
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