Hebe 'Caledonia'

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Buy Hebe 'Caledonia' shrubby veronica: Splendid violet coloured 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 to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A compact form that makes an incredibly decorative and colourful container or front of border plant. It is an evergreen shrub with glossy, red-edged, dark green leaves, which emerge with a vibrant plum flush in spring. They are held on upright reddish-purple stems that are topped with clusters of violet flowers from mid-summer to mid-autumn. This long-flowering plant is tolerant of pollution and salt-laden air.

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

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Eventual height & spread

Flush of summer colour

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Not a constant flowerer. A great big flush around June/July, a long gap, then a few flowers in Autumn. Elegant and subtle, nice small leaves. Small on arrival and looked vulnerable in the first year. One of the 3 died. 2nd year now and the 2 are looking strong.

Sir Planter

York

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Beautiful, eye-catching colour all year round.

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I have two of these planted in small beds in my patio. I've had them for 2 years and they continue to look fabulous. They have done really well considering the bed is really dry - it's right up against the wall of the house. The colour is really good - especially when the new, mid-green shoots appear in spring, contrasting with the aubergine colour of the older leaves. The background of the house wall (white) sets them off. Also, they are planted with a lime coloured grass, and visitors often comment on this striking, contrasting colour combination. I have a very small grumble which is that they haven't remained quite as compact as I expected, longer shoots keep shooting out all over the place and i have to keep pruning it. But maybe this is a response the the grass it's with, which is very vigorous - they are competing for space.

Suzi

London

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Good service

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It is a good product that was really healthy and arrived in very good condition.

Charlie224

Hampshire

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Wonderful garden filler

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A cluster of three of these makes a perfect space filler in a garden border, and the plus side is that they stay green all year round and need very little attention.

Pete

Taunton, Somerset

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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 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

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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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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Honey fungus

There are different symptoms which point to honey fungus, some or all of them may be present at one time. Also, death can take years or be virtually instantaneous with plants being suddenly stopped in their tracks, half-opened leaves just frozen in time.

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