Hebe are evergreen shrubs with dense leafy foliage made up of lance-shaped, rounded or ovate leaves. The erect racemes of tubular flowers protrude from the leaves in summer and are available in a wide range of colours (white, pinks, blues, purples.) Hebes are very versatile and can be used as ground cover to minimise weeding or can be pruned to form a low hedge in coastal areas. It is best to plant hebes in poor to moderately fertile soil in neutral or alkaline soul. Hebes should be kept out of cold winds and need very little pruning.