I was telling my garden guru Rich Cromer last summer how my Red-Edge Hebe was a seriously tough evergreen plant. It was twice as big as I imagined and has great uniform blue-green foliage. But, it doesn’t bloom.
“It’ll bloom eventually, give it a little more time,” he said. After I told him I planted the Hebe five years ago, he assured me it would eventually bloom.
This June, my Red-Edge Hebe produced 11 tiny blooms. They weren’t an outstanding garden feature, but I think they are beautiful.
Before the blooms, the Hebe was already one of my favorite front-yard plants. It flourishes in neglected soil under the porch roof’s overhang. Facing north, it enjoys little sunlight, moisture or nutrients. I like it so much, I planted two more tiny Hebes last fall in similar conditions.