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Hebe Hulkeana

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....

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,835

    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.

    http://www.hebesoc.org/

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    The RHS says there are 5 suppliers in the UK.

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422

    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!!!

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,562

    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.

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  • Aurum66Aurum66 Posts: 65

    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.

    thank you :)

  • 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. 

    Good luck. 

  • 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 

  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,160

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    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.

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  • Even the leaves are wonderful.image

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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