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I'm looking for some evergreens that are mound shaped, grow to about a metre or so in height, pink flowered if poss (already got a lot of purple). The bed I'll be putting them in gets full sun and the soil is clay. I've looked at Hebe Great Orme online which looks perfect but RHS say it doesn't like frost. 
Do any of you have any other suggestions please, or found that this shrub actually copes well in these conditions?


  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    edited January 2019
    Oops, posted Spiraea japonica but you wanted evergreen.  Otherwise it fits the bill :)

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081
    There are lots of Hebes which would suit you quite well, although maybe not all pink flowered. Most are hardy enough - it's only if you have prolonged periods of below minus five that they suffer. Generally speaking, the variegated, and bigger leaved ones,  are less tolerant of cold. 
    Sorry - I can't think of any mound shaped shrubs with pink flowers, but there are hardy fuchsias available with pink flowers, and many of them are almost evergreen, and some might be totally evergreen. They can be pruned into shape. Likewise, Escallonia. It's evergreen, and the pink ones are pretty hardy. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thankyou Fairygirl, the escallonia looks nice.
  • Camelias? And yes, do look at hebes. I have several varieties that have survived last year's Beast from the East (although I am in Devon where the Beast didn't linger as long as some places).
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    Escallonias might work for you. Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' is often used as a hedging plant, but easily grown into a mound shape when you carefully prune them lightly.

    Abelia 'Edward Goucher' is a glossy semi evergreen shrub that can colour red in the colder months, but generally dark green glossy leaves. Flowers for long periods in the summer. Again, responds well to a bit of shaping.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,441
    edited January 2019
    What about Osmanthus delavayi?

    Sorry white flowers not pink!
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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