Hebe Carol blooms all Summer long
The new compact evergreen( Hebe Carol) is ideal for the small garden and looks good all year round .
In our garden
I was keen on getting a dwarf Hebe for the front garden, but I wasn’t too sure about the variegated leaves.
Don’t get me wrong, I quite like plants with variegated leaves, it’s just that when we were in Aberdeen this type of Hebe never came through the Winter.
Here in our Fife garden, things are looking promising, Carol has come through two Winters without any damage.
Flowers and leaves
The bright pink flowers (which attract the butterflies and bees) are prolific throughout the Summer. The evergreen leaves are mid-green and cream edged pink.
Height and width
Carol really is ideal for the small garden growing to a height of 12 inches/30cm width is about 16 inches/40cm.
Best in full sun, sheltered position. Prefers a coastal area in the UK where frost isnt quite so severe.
Garden soil, which is alkaline to neutral.
I mentioned that the Hebe Carol was a new introduction and available only at Garden Beauty in the UK. A Bing search brings up another evergreen Hebe also named Carol, it is very similar but much taller.
January in the garden
Not so very much going on in the garden at the moment, however a close up inspection reveals hints of the Spring to come.
The Daffodils and Snowdrops have started to emerge and in spite of doing just this every year in January, I still behave as if I were surprised. Green buds are showing on the Ribes and cherry trees. On the downside, Yew pyramids which I planted in pots are looking very brown. They can recover from this, but knowing Yew dislikes being waterlogged, it has me worrying that the drainage may not be as good as I expected.
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