A few weeks ago, after a visit to a garden centre, I came back with this delightful plant – a purple shamrock hebe. I like the colour purple, shamrocks and hebes so what’s not to like? And even better, my garden co-sharers love hebes too.
Who do I share my garden with? Well, a whole host of birds, butterflies, bees, other insects….
So here’s a few facts I have learnt about my new container plant, thanks to the very informative label which came with it.
1. It’s compact and hardy with variegated leaves.
2. It was discovered by Doug Thomson in Ireland. (I imagine that’s where the name ‘shamrock’ comes from). This variety may be from Ireland, but most hebes originally come from New Zealand.
3. In summer, there are occasional blue flowers.
4. In winter, the evergreen foliage turns purple.
5. It likes moist, well-drained soil.
According to Wildlife Gardening by Christine and Michael Lavelle, the hebe is popular with ‘bees and butterflies seeking nectar’. So a good choice for wildlife-friendly gardens. 🦋🦋🦋