Hebe vernicosa forms a neat, compact, rounded, evergreen bush up to 20 in (50 cm) high. The leaves are a dark, glossy green, 0.5 in (12 mm) long, and a have thin, yellow margin. The flowers are lilac, fading to white, May to June. A hebe hardy in the UK.
This hebe always looks good, and is welcome in any garden. Its name means varnished, referring to the leaves. It is related to Hebe canterburiensis. Hebe vernicosa grows in nothofagus (southern beech) forests to the north of the South Island, New Zealand, from sea-level to the tree-line.