Last fall, I complained that my hebe ‘Red edge’ wasn’t living up to its name. I will no longer whine about this plant, as I am grateful that it somehow survived the evil winter with only a few yellowed leaves, even though I still don’t see much in the way of deep red leaf-edge color.
Why this one lived through when others did not, I have no idea. Maybe it was more sheltered from winds, living to the east of a medium-sized rockrose. But it still got snow dumped on it, was frozen many times, and lived to tell the tale (unlike my other hebes, which I have sadly realized will have to be taken out and probably not replaced unless I feel like tempting fate again). Or perhaps it’s just hardier in general – this seemed to be the consensus among shoppers at the nursery last week – many were saying it was the only hebe to survive in their gardens too.
Did any of your plants surprise you with their tenacity this winter?