Pruning Hebes

I have a Hebes on the top of the rock garden and it is getting too big for the situation; can it be pruned perhaps later in the growing season?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,882

    Hi artjak image  There's an old thread on pruning hebes ............. here it is image 

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

     I've pruned a few different ones which outgrew spaces but I found little and often was usually better than a severe haircut - some of them didn't like hard pruning, but that also may be down to weather here. They took a while to recover -  and sometimes didn't.... image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Dove, thank you for that link; problem is all the advice says to prune after flowering; but this hebe is in a pretty shady location and I can't really say that I have ever noticed it flowering! It is probably about 10 years old, small leafed and this year has become just too large.

    Any further thoughts?image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    I have one in a big pot that grew down and into soil. One I inherited so no idea what it is, it's never flowered but last year I cut a good amount from it and moved it. I was amazed at the sap that leaked out, I expected it to die. Some parts looked a bit black.

    It hasn't died, it has regrown leaves but hasn't flowered but not knowing much about them I don't know when it should flower. Just nice foliage sitting in a pot in an  "awkward " place. It has had a treat of FBB and I'll see what happens. Don't want it in the graden & don't want to re-pot, so we'll see.

    Basically no help to you at all Artjak image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    I had a buxifolia type one in a pot at the front door of a previous house art. It got virtually no sun and only ever had a few flowers because of that - in fact it's a wonder it survived at all! I kept it more as a box 'replacement'  and trimmed it now and again to keep it tidy. Could it be that type?  I have three vernicosa ones at the moment which I've just put into big terracotta pots for that same purpose - they're similar to box too.  I can put a pic on if you want to compare. Perhaps you could prune it a few times over the course of the year and gradually get it back. 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    when i eventually get off the phone from scottish power image i will go and take a photo. i may be quite old by thenimage

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Fairy I'd like to see a pic of your hebe to see if mine is same.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    No probs KEF image

    Not a great pic but you should be able to enlarge. I can take a better one if necessary


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Here's a better one. I even went out in the rain to take it....imageimage


  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I recently cut back my Hebe 'Red Edge' very hard. to a few inches of base... it's now shooting out everywhere... it had only 2 choices...well 3... live, die or sulk...

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168




     First pic shows how it sits, brooding over the rock garden and second pic gives an idea of he leaf size (excuse my awful finger nails - they are always like that in the gardening seasonimage)

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    I'd say that's more like one of the pinguifolia types. There's quite a few varieties though. Looks a bit too green to be pagei.

    Your hands look much cleaner than mine art image

    I did the same with a Red Edge one Salino..not sure it survived though....image

  • I'm not sure which variety I have but this one has grown huge this year. I need to prune it back before it swallows the swing




  • Just wanted to say how refreshing it is to read blogs from cheerful, literate people. Maybe gardening should be compulsory. the world might be a happier place.

    And my Hebe is going to get a drastic prune TODAY. Much too big.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    corncockle; what a lovely compliment to us allimage I absolutely agree about compulsory gardening: to all those who say,'bring back National Service', I think young men and women should all spend 1 year at Kew Gardens, or similar as apprentices. Then they would not be entering adult life thinking that farmers 'grow mud' or throwing away an apple because there is a spot of earth on it. Those last 2 items I read this week about children's beliefs about their food.image

  • Corncockle, how drastic a prune? I really need to cut mine back but have no idea how far to take it.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,513

    I drastically pruned 3 hebes about 2 months ago - none have survived. Oh well - more planting opportunities!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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