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Hebes are popular garden shrubs and are found in most temperate climates. They are as evergreen with decorative (sometimes variegated) leaves. The flowers, in shades of blue, purple, pink or white, appear throughout summer and autumn. They are tough and able to withstand salt-laden winds makes them especially suited to coastal areas. However, they will not thrive in regions subject to prolonged freezing temperatures. 'Silver Dollar' is a popular compact Hebe which produces variegated foliage which is grey-green with cream margins. In winter, these cream margins transform to magenta pink lasting until early spring. In summer, sprinklings of delicate mauve flowers appear, which fade to white.
Plant Hebes in autumn or in spring. They thrive in most well drained garden soils including chalk, and in full sun. The tender species require wall protection in inland gardens.