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ive got a hebe charming white that I really like.  It's obviously very happy in its spot.  

Im looking for a dome shaped plant to repeat around the garden, and having been so taken with the hebe I'm thinking of trying it.  Trouble is that having it around the garden means coping with different conditions - from dry sun to damper partial shade.  Does anyone know how tolerant the hebe might be?

I thought i could have a go at cuttings to get the plants.  At least less costly then if they don't do well!  It'll be my first cuttings. Does anyone have any tips for cuttings from hebes?

finally I thought my soil was acid due to having happy rhodendrons and pieris. However the achillea and hebe are doing well (which I've since found out prefer alkali side of the spectrum) and my hydrangea zorro bought last year in blue is looking decidedly purple.  I guess I'm somewhere around neutral...? (Yeah, I know, get a tester - I'll get round to it one day....)

Hiya supernoodle, just noticed your post

your soil must be around the acid side of neutral judging by what you already grow.  Prob 6 on ph scale I would guess.

i don't know Charming White but there are masses of hybrids and crossed names of hebes now.  However, they are all similar in their requirements

sunshine,,good drainage and freedom from overcrowding by other plants is how I determine how I grow mine.  The dome shaped ones especially look awful if a bigger adjacent plant sprawls over it so a nice "tidy" keep to itself plant as a neighbour.  A trim every year in spring to maintain its shape and density and very little by way of feeding. My soil is free draining wherever I would plant it but hebes resent heavy wet winter soils.

I have taken cuttings but not often and not recently.  Never much cutting material as they are slow growing but a healthy shoot of 2" or so in a 50/50 mixture of mpc and perlite should root well


Hi Verdun. Thanks for your help.  My soil is clay. Although im doing my best to improve the soil Im guessing the damper shadier side of the garden might be a stretch too far. I'm in no rush though so could do a cutting and try it in the worst spot; if it works do the others.

my other thought was to use a pittosporum. You recommended Tom thumb to me a few years ago and I love it. Do they take easily from cuttings, do you know?


Ps has anyone got pittosporum golf ball?

Pittosporum cuttings are hit ans miss for me but hormone rooting powder helps I think 

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