What conditions do Hebes like?
Hebe shrubs are most suited for areas with cool summers and mild winters. They adapt to a variety of soil types but will perform best in loose, well-draining soil. They can be grown in both sun and shade, though full sun is preferable, as plants grown in shade may become leggy.
Most Hebes need little or no pruning. However the larger-leaved types are prone to damaged stems, and these can be safely cut back at any time during the growing season. Dead-heading of old flowers on Hebe plants is well worth the effort. They should not be pruned in late Autumn - nor winter months.
- The best time to prune is after flowering. If the plant needs to be renovated, or severely reduced, this can be done late winter and early spring just before growth begins. Remove old flowers (deadhead) and cut back to healthy outward facing buds. Remove damaged, diseased, old wood and straggly growth.
- Rose Pruning Basics
- Use clean, sharp tools.
- Look at the overall shape and health of the plant, but begin pruning from the base of the plant.
- Prune to open the center of the plant to light and air circulation.
- Make your cuts at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outside of the plant.
- The ideal time to prune any type of rose is in the very late winter or early spring. They are best pruned as new growth is starting to develop. They can be pruned a little later into spring with good success. Fall is the worst time these plants should be pruned, as fall pruning can lead to winterkill.
Pruning Choisya Shrubs. Don't worry too much about pruning choisya shrubs. These evergreens have no special pruning needs, but you can prune the plants to the size you want after they are established. If you prune out older branches, it encourages new shoots to grow.
- Cut out the brown patches – as they will not re-shoot – and try and encourage branches from nearby parts of the hedge to grow back over the brown patches. In summary, to avoid brown patches in Leylandii hedges: Trim your hedge only once a year. Trim your hedge in late spring or early summer.
- Leyland Cypress trees are an excellent choice for those who need a large tree fast because they have a growth rate of 3 to 5 feet per year. 2. They grow large enough to hide your neighbors away.
- Description. Leylandii Castlewellan Gold is the most popular form of Golden Leylandii Hedging. It is fast growing so will form a hedge quickly. If it is trimmed every year, it will create a dense evergreen garden hedge that is bright yellowish-gold in the spring and summer.
Updated: 3rd September 2018