Parahebe Porlock

 

Low, almost shrubby plant that will produce a huge quantity of flowers on long sprays in summer. The small flowers of lilac-blue are beautifully marked with cerise-purple when studied closely but are produced in such measure as to appear as a solid block of colour. It has small, dark green leaves and is semi-evergreen. Would look good falling from a rock or wall edge. About 25cm (10") high.

 

Any reasonable soil should make it happy but it prefers sunshine.

 

General Alpine Planting and care

  • Water the Alpine thoroughly and allow to drain fully
  • If the Alpine is being planted in a lawn remove a circle of turf
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the pot being planted and fork over the base Adding a bucketful of planting compost
  • Remove the pot gently, if the tree is well rooted cut off the pot
  • Ensure that the top of the Root ball is level with the surrounding soil
  • Replace the remaining soil and heel in well
  • Water the Alpine and area thoroughly, then again at least once a week during the first growing season
  • Apply some general fertiliser every spring