Hebe rakaiensis

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2 litre pot £14.99 £11.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Hebe rakaiensis shrubby veronica: Evergreen with neat, domed shape and white flowers

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: poor or moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    One of the most popular hebes, this has clusters of large, white flowers in early and mid-summer and glossy, fresh, green leaves. This tough, rounded, evergreen shrub forms a neat hummock, and will lend structure to a mixed border or oriental-style garden. It is salt and pollution tolerant and is therefore suitable for city or coastal gardens.

  • Garden care: Needs minimal pruning. Remove misplaced or frost damaged branches in late spring

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HEBE RAKAIENSIS

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This Hebe I have had for about three years, while beautiful, strong and very winter hardy, I have yet to see any of it's flowers. I do give it a little liquid seaweed in the spring maybe this is the reason it does not flower. It has reached it's full height and width and is a lovely round shape, I have it in a large container as I think Hebe's look there best and stand out more if planted in one, they become a real show stopper. I have just bought another Hebe in a different coulour, same size. I am a real fan of these plants just because they are so easy to grow and so beautiful. Just wish I could get it to flower.

Jude 60

Rochdale

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Perfect for neat freaks

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If you're an orderly garden freak like me you'll love this plant. Keeps a very neat mounded shape and needs zero maintenance.

Nick

London

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This is my "go to" hebe to give form in a border.

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I use this hebe to give the similar effect as box balls without the trimming or box blight risk. It gives good form and shape to the garden all year round and always looks full of vigour. I keep coming back to this plant as I plant up a new area.

Weed warrior

Somerset

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A great find

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I bought three of these to complement box balls in an adjacent bed. Equally spaced and interspaced with hostas they are elegant and attractive. Very easy to care for and keep in shape. Delicate white flowers. Very healthy plants which have flourished. I shall be adding more to my planting schemes.

Argent6

Arundel

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I would like to order this product again soon.

5

Very happy and pleased with the quality and packaging! Looking very attractive in my front walkway.

COCO

Wellingborough

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Hi, could you give me an idea of how long it would take to reach full size? Thank you.

franki

It really depends on the growing conditions, but as a very general guide, I would say anywhere between 5 - 10 years.

Helen

We have had this plant for two years and it hasn't flowered yet. Any suggestions?

Suki

Hello, The most likely cause is a lack of sun, so cut back overhanging foliage if you can and make sure it is kept well watered. It will also help if you feed it with sulphate of potash in spring.

helen

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 Joanne

Happy Hearts Day Nursery

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 Doctor

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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 Linda

Linda Binfield

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 Doctor

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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. Linda

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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 Doctor

Linda Binfield

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 Anna

Anna Trundle

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.

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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. Keith

keith waters

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 Doctor

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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 Andy

Clark, Andy (buying)

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 Doctor

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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?

Jill Tuck

Most Hebes need very little pruning, however you can give them a light trim in mid to late spring.

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