An evergreen shrub growing to 2M, whose foliage develops attractive purple colouration in winter. Spikes of purple flowers with terracotta stamens cover this bush in late summer.
Above all others, Hebe is the plant genus that New Zealand gave to gardens around the world. A variety of sizes and forms, combined with hardiness, vigour and colour have justly made these a range of plants that find their way into almost all ornamental gardens. Sapphire is a particular favourite, flowering a little later than most Hebes, and providing a two-tone effect as the flowers fade from purple when they open to white/pink before they fade. I do not particularly value their being evergreen, but the purple leaves in winter are definitely another reason to favour Sapphire.
Click here to view the Hebe “Sapphire” page in Karin’s Garden.