Way back in the summer of 2008, I bought and planted a hebe ‘Red Edge’ and then moaned about its lack of signature coloration. Then I noticed that it redeemed itself by living through not one, but two harsh Northwest winters in a row when all of my other hebes bit the dust. It’s in the far end of my parking strip and I don’t get down that way too often this time of year, so I was pleasantly surprised to see its new foliage is displaying the scarlet-rimmed characteristic for which I was lured to buy it in the first place!
I think it’s pretty safe to say that this one will be a keeper. I’ve read that it prefers regular mulching and water and doesn’t thrive in clay soils, but it is supremely neglected in this location and seems fine. It might never grow very wide, but that solves yet another issue, the need to thin it. I am all about the easy-care plants these days.