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Can you help me ID these plants please?

Hello! I have some thing appearing in my garden that I have no idea what they are.

1) This is a shrub? that just sprung up by my back fence in an area with not great soil.

2) This looks like I threw some seeds here maybe. No idea!

3) Some big leafy thing, I don't remember if I had anything in this spot before, could it be a weed?

Thank you very much for any help.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166
    The shrub is a Cotoneaster
    2 looks more like the emergence of a Michaelmas Daisy that seedlings

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thank you very much! I have a nest box above the cotoneaster, which is used, so expect it's a gift from the birds. Can I do something to encourage it? Would be nice to have it bushy and cover the fence gaps a bit.

    My mother gave me a few chunks of plants from the garden of her new house in autumn when she had to take plants out from a raised bed to deal with a wall being repaired behind it, but she also doesn't know what most of the things are at her place. So the others could possibly be from that. I do tend to just chuck in whatever I get given and then forget all about it. 
  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 435
    3 could be a Campanula
  • Thank you. If it doesn't appear to be an obvious weed I will leave it and see what happens with it and pop back when something more emerges to look at.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,441
    I thought 3 may be a foxglove?
  • I thought it might be too, but I have two growing nearby and these leaves seem a little bit different to those. I vaguely remember a rudbeckia plug plant I put somewhere, could it possibly be that? I don't know how fast they grow! I think it was called gold (something). I did mark some things with labels but my woodpigeon friends kindly pecked them all up and threw them around the place and lost them for me!
  • No. 2, I think there was a penstemon, purple flower with white inner around that area last year, could it be that popping up?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,983
    Some varieties of verbascum have leaves a bit like that. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thank you, I will put that on the list of suspects!
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,441
    There is a Rudbeckia called Goldsturm, you can google for description of the leaves, but l don't think it's that.l don't think it's a penstemon, it looks more like a Michaelmas daisy as Nutcutlet says.
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