new house full of unknown plants

Asked April 15, 2016, 10:20 PM EDT

Just bought a brand new house and the developers over packed the garden area. We are looking to move some around. We have one bush we like the color of but don't know the name of so we can't figure out how big it will get. Anyone have any idea?
The leaf has a waxy feel. The bottom of the plant leafs are green and new growth is purple leafs.


Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Your plant is a Hebe, an evergreen shrub which flowers in the summer. Hebes generally grow well in the northwest when planted in well-drained soil. The large-leaved kinds such as yours benefit from temporary protection during the winter if temperatures are lower than normal. The kinds with smaller leaves are more frost-hardy. You can see more examples at

If you need additional plants identified, the Multnomah County Master Gardeners can help you. You can either email several images (as you did here) or you can visit the office with samples. The most useful sample for identification purposes is a length of branch with leaves and flowers. It would also be helpful to have an image of the entire plant.

Master Gardeners welcome phone calls, emails and visits from the public. Their Multnomah office is in Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St. Suite 450, Portland, OR 97210 Phone 503–445–4608. Hours are 10 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday, closed holidays. Email is

Enjoy your new house and garden!