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Help - Plant ID for new project

Good morning 

I wonder if I can call on your lovely fellow gardeners for some advice please? Some friends of mine have just taken over a cafe with a lovely outside space with quite a few established shrubs - some of which have been cut back quite hard by previous owner before they left.

They've asked me - as the most greenfingered person they know - to help them tidy it up and plant up the bare spaces.

I want to ID what is there and get some advice on dealing with some of the 'stumps' before I plan what to put in. 

I have quite a few pictures across 8 sections of the garden so I may post those in individual replies to make it easier for responses. I hope someone can help. 

Section 1 


Close up pics of plants in this section for ID

1.1 - This is a hard cut back 'stump' on the right (above) with this little green spikey bit growing out. Any ideas? Will it come back or should I get rid?


1.2 - This is a clumped together climber in a pot. Not sure if it's a clematis or jasmine type? No flowers at the moment but again has been cut back as I think overgrown. 


1.3 - small shrub on far left - some kind of box? 


There is a rather large Hypericum (St Johns Wort) and a fuchsia on the right side of this also which have been cut back rather hard also. 



  • Section 2 


    Close Ups

    2.1 - This is the HUGE fuschia - has some growth coming back - do I leave it or cut it back further? 


    2.2 - No idea what this is. 


    There is a nice big birch tree in this section and a few other stumps around but some space too. 

  • Section 3 


    Plants for ID -

    3.1 No Idea - help


    3.2 - Quite difficult to see this one




  • Section 4 


    Close ups

    4.1 - There is a camellia in here but I am not sure what the variegated foliage is. 




    Last edited: 22 July 2017 09:18:05

  • Section 6 - just one plant


    Here's a flower on it and may more buds on it ready to pop


  • Section 7 












    That's them all!! Thank you all for any help you can give me!

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  • Thank you Hazel that's hugely helpful and reassuring! I will get some plant labels and get them put on so I remember what they are and when to cut back! 

    Thanks again! 

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Hi Siobhan image. I like an ID challenge, so here goes....

    1.1  Juniper ??

    1.2. Honeysuckle ?

    1.3  Azalea

    2.2. Spotted laurel ?

    3.1. Weigela "Florida varigata"

    6.  Choyisa. (Mexican orange blossom)

    7.4. Hypericum ?

    7.5. Holly ?

    That's all I can spot, off the top off my head image

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    I agree, this is one big challenge. But lots of really wonderful mature shrubs that deserve care and attention.

    1.1 - Could be a very old Rosemary or Juniper (leave for now to see how it grows)


    1.3 - Could be a Buxus Sempervirens

    2.1 - Possibly a Fucshia Magellanica variety

    2.2 - Acuba Japonica

    3.1 - Maybe a Cornus Alba 'Elgantissima'

    3.2 - ?

    3.3 - Looks like a Cherry Laurel, Prunus Laurocerasus

    4.1 - Looks like Euonymous Japonicus 'Ovatus' or even Vinca Vine Maculata

    6 - Choisya Ternata, Mexican Orange Blossom

    7.1 - Could be a type of Hawthorn 

    7.2 - ?

    7.3 - 

    7.4 - A wild guess, could be a type of Holboelia Lactifolia/Coriacea

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    Apologies, I missed..

    7.5. Looks like an Ilex, some sort of variegated Holly shrub.

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