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If relentless blooming is what you are after, look no further than Parahebe Snow Clouds. This little scrambling low-growing shrubby evergreen or semi-evergreen beauty will do you proud with, yes, clouds of pure white flowers with magenta pink centres from spring into summer - and well beyond - above glossy dark bluish green foliage. Nice one. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 12 in. 1 litre pot.


As I write this in early January, I can see the Parahebe Snow Clouds happily flowering away outside, as they have been since last spring. With a bit of cutting back every now and then, they can be in bloom almost as perpetually as gorse. Quite why parahebe is not a much more popular and widely grown plant, we just don’t know. After all, the great man himself, Graham Stuart Thomas, called parahebes ‘little treasures’ , and that’s good enough for us.

Parahebe hail largely from Australia and New Zealand where their native habitat would be open sunny dry locations, which is a pretty good guide as to their undemanding nature in terms of location and soil. They don’t need much in the way of care, either. We find that a shearing back once the main flowering burst in spring and early summer has come to some kind of end will encourage new growth and reblooming within a few weeks. Pruning back again at the end of the season will keep things tidy before winter sets in. Though, as we have suggested, winter will often see them continuing to flower cheerfully away.

Parahebe Snow Clouds is a compact hardy evergreen plant with white bell shaped flowers with magenta centres all summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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