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Silvery blue foliage lasts year-round, adding interest to the fall and winter garden. White flowers in the spring and summer attract bees and hummingbirds.
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Hebes are an integral part of Pacific NW gardens, with a vast array of colors, textures, and structures. 'Western Hills' hebe falls into the silvery blue range with small narrow leaves lining dark stems. Hardy down to 0 degrees, this upright evergreen shrub can handle Portland's low temps while also thriving in coastal gardens. 'Western Hills' needs regular watering until established, at which point it is fairly drought-tolerant and works well in xeriscapes and rock gardens. White flowers emerge in late spring through the summer, topping stems that grow three feet tall and wide at maturity. Hebes prefer well-draining soil, and thus may be happier in container planters or hanging baskets if the garden soil is heavy clay. That said, this variety can be used as a low-growing hedge, but dense soil should be well amended before planting.
|Common Name||Hebe 'Western Hills'|
|Mature Size||3 feet tall and wide|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to fast|
|Cold Hardiness||0 ° F|
|Characteristics||Evergreen, drought tolerant once established, attracts bees and hummingbirds|
|Light||Sun to partial sun|
|Bloom Time||Spring into summer|
|Uses||Rock gardens, xeriscapes, woodland gardens, coastal gardens, container planters, borders, mass planting, hanging baskets, low hedge|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|