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Shrub identity?

The garden I inherited from our previous house owners is full of very exotic and uncommon plants, as well as many common ones. I'm no expert by any means and wondered if somebody could identify a shrub for me? The main stem runs along the ground from under a Leylandii tree and bushes up beyond the reach of the lower branches. It has small waxy leaves and in the summer is covered in small white, not-pleasant smelling flowers that are loved by insects, especially wasps. We're on the East Scotland coast.
I want to build a wendy house for my granddaughters right where the main stem runs and wondered firstly what it is, and secondly if I can take cuttings to grow elsewhere in the garden?
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,708
    edited April 2020
    Looks like a Hebe.
    There are many sp and named cultivars...such as Hebe Maori Gem.

    http://www.hebesoc.org/hebes/hebes_m/hebe_maori_gem/hebe_maori_gem.htm
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • HippophaeHippophae Posts: 154
    My guess would be Prostanthera cuneata or alpine mint bush.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,708
    edited April 2020
    Hippophae said:
    My guess would be Prostanthera cuneata or alpine mint bush.
    Struggling with pics...see below
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,708
    edited April 2020
    That looks better than Hebe!

    Quote www... Prostanthera cuneata......The tiny evergreen leaves have a refreshing minty fragrance when rubbed between your fingers. 






    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • That's pretty much it! Loads of white flowers with a purple tinge, usually covered in bumble bees. The RHS website says semi-hardwood cuttings, late summer to autumn. Short of digging up the roots, is there any way I can save this (cuttings, etc)? Or will I have to wait until after the summer for cuttings or seeds?
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    It is always best to wait till summer for cuttings, but there is no harm in taking younger tips to cut off now. May have to grow them inside for a while until it can be left in a greenhouse or similar for a year. Lovely shrubs they are, and worth propagating more.
  • That’s great, thank you very much. I’ll take a few tip off now and keep on a windowsill, move them out to the greenhouse in a month or so, then take a few more summer cuttings before I dig the whole thing out for siting the Wendy house.
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