I went to my local garden centre a couple of weeks ago to speak to the head man about planning our new garden. Whilst I was there I saw the most glorious plant - Hebe Hulkeana. I was in love, but I'd sworn to myself that I wasn't to buy any plants because we are landscaping our whole garden and I've learnt from experience how hard it is to keep everybody happy when they are stuck in pots on a building site. Of course, I can't get this plant out of my mind and have the perfect spot for it, but they don't have it any more and I can't find one anywhere Does anybody know where I can get one? I travel around the country a lot....
If you contact the Hebe Society (see link below) they may be able to help - it does sound as if it is a finicky plant prone to mildew if not happy with its environment.
The RHS says there are 5 suppliers in the UK.
I had this in my old garden about 25 years ago and it was a beauty.
Then it just up and died and I never saw one again!
It's not one you see very often and I would like it again but don't know where I would put it!!!
They have it at Kiftsgate Court gardens if you're over that way. If not, google RHS+plant finder+plant name and you'll see links to the other suppliers.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
thank you everybody. I'm determined to get one. I have the perfect spot which should help keep the air circulating and hopefully stop the dreaded mildew.
I'm treated myself to a ticket to Chelsea so hopefully I'll have some luck there otherwise I'll follow up on the RHS links.
I too fell in love with this plant. I visited Kiftsgate a few weeks ago and they do have it but not until next Spring and they don't do mail order so you have to collect. Unfortunately I think this is the same with the other few suppliers. I first saw it at Exeter University many years ago and have never forgotten it. I think it disappeared with all the vast amount of buildings/landscaping that has gone on. However I will make enquiries just in case it was transported to another area.
Thank you Hilary. I did speak to the garden centre
i spotted it in last spring and they said that they might get it in again next year so I'll pre-order one. Its
funny that such a pretty plant has fallen out of favour
hi. I think I have been lucky in getting some cuttings from what I hope is H Hulkeana! no one knew what it was but judging by the habit and leaf I hope I am correct.
I will let you know next year, providing I can over winter them, but they do look as if they have taken.
Best wishes. H
I think this is the sought-after plant. I have this - a gift from a friend, who has taken cuttings. I have only managed to get one cutting to root, and it is taking its time to put on growth. But it is a beautiful plant, so I am surprised it is out of favour - unless it is usually difficult to propagate.
Even the leaves are wonderful.