July 24, 2017

New Hebe: Pink Passion – Fall in Love with Hebes!

Hebe Pink Passion

New Hebe: Pink Passion

 

There are some who doubt that anything can grow well in Ireland. Just recently, though a new Hebe, Pink Passion (TULL16) has been bred in Dublin by Tully Nurseries and it’s proving to be very popular – I can’t get my hands on one!

 

Hebe Pink Passion

  • Dark stems
  • Red to dark pink leaves
  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Perfect for pots or beds
  • Max height 50cm
  • Fairly winter-hardy, protect from frosts in the winter
  • Prune after the last frost

These are great, but the main part that attracts me to this particular Hebe? Pink Passion changes colour according to the temperature. I love Hebes, but that just sounds amazing!

 

Hebe National Collection

If you haven’t heard of National Collections, and you’re a lover of visiting unusual places, then this is something you really need to know about.

 

From the Plant Heritage website:

 

What is a National Plant Collection®?

 

Plant Heritage’s (NCCPG’s) mission is to conserve, grow, propagate, document and make available the amazing resource of cultivated plants that exists in the UK.

 

Our main conservation vehicle is the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® scheme where individuals or organisations undertake to document, develop and preserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future. Most of the collections are based around a related group, for example a collection of oaks or daffodils. This allows the scheme to develop systematic coverage of cultivated plants in the United Kingdom.

 

Open Days

All Collections are required to be open to the public at some time, but some have restricted access.

 

Have a look on their website to find out the gardens that are near you or where you might like to visit.

 

 

The National Collection of Hebe

 

From the Plant Heritage website:

 

The Collection, which is based at Plumpton College, East Sussex, was originally created by Hebe and Parahebe expert Douglas Chalk, himself a student at the College in the 1930’s and was rescued by the Hebe Society from Cornwall in 2009 and moved to Plumpton.

National Collection of Hebe
National Collection of Hebes

 

This valuable collection of plants contains many rare and endangered plants with 33 of the 63 cultivars being threatened. Of that, 23 are only in cultivation at Plumpton College.

 

Speaking on the new collection status, collection curator Gary Jones said the Collection is a valuable resource for the college and has enthused and motivated many since its arrival. “It’s a great resource for the students to work on research and propagation,” he said.

 

Maintenance work, propagation and collection documentation is on-going by both staff and students and has enabled the College to undertake new research work, most notably in assisting Plant Heritage with our Threatened Plants Project.

 

 

While I do love a new Hebe,  Hebe ‘Silver Queen’ has to be one of my favourites and is one that grows really well in my garden.

 

 

hebe silver queen
hebe silver queen

Hebe ‘Silver Queen’ : Hebe elliptica ‘Variegata’

  • Evergreen shrub that spreads to about a metre
  • Flowers in the summer and the autumn
  • Elliptical leaves
  • The leaves have a margin that can be anywhere from yellow, to cream, to white.
  • Purple flowers (I find them really quite striking against the leaves)

 

Hebe ‘Silver Queen’ thrives in a moist, well-drained soil and is quite happy in either partial shade or full sun. They are an easy plant to take cuttings from providing you have good quality rooting powder and cutting compost in a process known as ‘semi-ripe cuttings.’ If you want to know more about these types of cuttings, have a read up on the RHS website. Pruning too is fairly straight-forward and best completed after the Hebe has finished flowering. The only problems I have had on my Hebe ‘Silver Queen’ is a few aphids and a little mildew. As with most problems, keep an eye out and nip them in the bud (so to speak!)

 

 

Hebes are wonderful plants that really add an extra bit of interest to a garden. Why not visit a garden centre and pick out your favourite?

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