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06/04/2013 at 08:33

I so enjoyed Gardenerswold on tv last night and the Hepaticas were so beautiful.

 

I dont have any and wouold love to have .

 

Where is the best place to buy these beauties?

 

06/04/2013 at 08:37

If your local garden centre doesn't have them, use the RHS Plant Finder on tehir website to locate nurseries that do.  There may be on elocal to you or one that will do mail order.

06/04/2013 at 08:50

My local nursey never had yesterday .

Many thanks  Obelixx I shall check out plant finder.

 

06/04/2013 at 08:57
Check out ashwood nurseries.
I too am tempted.
Ashwood nurseries are brilliant specialists and I buy my hellebores from them so have looked at their hepaticas too.
I want some amongst my hellebores
06/04/2013 at 09:07

Verdun - do you think they would survive outside with hellebores ?  RdeT talked about keeping them in pots and moving them around ?

Might have to try anyway, they were beautiful.  Think Ashwood might have a run on their hands ! Hepatimania might be starting !!

06/04/2013 at 09:12

Just saw this thread - I posted on another about the hepaticas. I had a couple years ago but no idea where I got them. If you can grow alpines successfully I think you can grow lots of hepaticas scotkat.

06/04/2013 at 09:45

Thank you again yes can grow small area of alpines so .

 

If cant source local shall order online.

06/04/2013 at 10:23
06/04/2013 at 10:26

And here

http://www.slacktopnurseries.co.uk/expression/index.php/plants/

06/04/2013 at 12:39

The Japanese ones are the tender ones too!  Far too much money for a fussy plant, and tiny too.

06/04/2013 at 12:50

Weren't they absolutely beautiful, spent some time trying to work out if the variety nobilis would grow in my garden. Will certainly look into it. Never come across them before and well wow

06/04/2013 at 13:08
Rosa pulcino wrote (see)

Weren't they absolutely beautiful, spent some time trying to work out if the variety nobilis would grow in my garden. Will certainly look into it. Never come across them before and well wow

If you like the 'auricula theatre' idea you could do something similar with these I reckon. I was thinking along those lines myself especially as I can't do too much with my garden at present as I'm about to extend house. Wouldn't they be lovely next to a seat so that you could really see them Rosa.

06/04/2013 at 13:58
Some are hardier than others as already stated.
I will look at a couple of hardier ones though....although think I could get away withrelatively tender ones here.
I like Fairygirl's display idea
06/04/2013 at 16:08

And me. Just wonder if I can afford one as am spending garden budget like water at the mo

06/04/2013 at 16:37
Hepaticas are expensive but better to buy something of quality to truly enhance the garden than spend on annuals that simply need to be replaced...and usually for winter and again for summer.
I will check them carefully to make sure they will grow well in my conditions
Usually the quality plants have been a perennial joy to me...money well spent
06/04/2013 at 16:47

It is now reckoned that there is only one spcies, H. nobilis. So all those Japanese ones are just as hardy in theory as the others.

None of them are that difficult to grow, just needing woodland soil and light shade. The ones I have are just appearing from under a foot of frrozen snow and look no different than they did last year.

Seed is best sown while still green and needs to be kept moist at all times, Needs no heat to germinate. Sometimes it does so immediately, at other times in Spring. If you do get them to grow then do not prick out until the plants have really got going, possibly in the second or even third year.

06/04/2013 at 16:49
Rosa pulcino wrote (see)

And me. Just wonder if I can afford one as am spending garden budget like water at the mo

Rosa-I've just won some money on the G National so guess what I'm doing with that!!

Thanks Verdun- I think the 'display' thing could work. I have a lot of bare fence here just now and it won't be affected by any building work so I think it would be ideal for this. I'm planning to do raised beds as well but this could just be a small area. If the plants are expensive it'll have to be just a small area!

06/04/2013 at 17:21

I was enchanted by them...don't really have anywhere to keep them tho.

06/04/2013 at 18:05

That's interesting Berghill as I was wondering if they could be grown from seed and, if so, how difficult they might be.I might take a look at doing that 

06/04/2013 at 21:17
Berghill you have alerted my interest big time. How easy is it to germinate and raise hepatica seedlings?
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