Best of the bunch - Hebe Veronica

Hebe speciosa. A species of flowering plant in the Plantaginacea

Hebe speciosa. A species of flowering plant in the Plantaginacea

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These evergreen shrubs come in all sizes, but among the best are the ones which bring a burst of autumn colour, such as H. Autumn Glory.

This grows to around 80cm (2ft) and bears spikes of deep purple flowers against a backdrop of shiny, oval leaves and looks great as a specimen shrub or hedge in a seaside garden. H. ‘Midsummer Beauty’ is another winner, producing lavender flowers from July to November.

Be warned though, the most attractive are often also the least hardy, so plant the slightly more susceptible varieties extra deeply, with at least four to five buds below soil level to revive the plant should frost injure the topgrowth.

Hebes prefer sun or light shade and should do well in any garden soil with reasonable drainage.

* Plant lily bulbs in borders or large pots.

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