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Hi again,

I have a few plants we put into our front garden 5 or 6 years ago that I've neglected and I can't remember what either are, so can't look after them properly. Can you help me identify them?

This first one is now looking rather sad as it was much big but seems to be dying off, but has small purple flowers in spring/early summer.


The next has spread quite far, right up to our huge lavender plants, and is again looking scraggly.


Thanks for your help.
  Adrian

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,638
    no2 is, I think, alyssum saxatile. 
    Devon.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    I think 1 may be a variegated aubretia.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Aubretia does tend to look a bit ragged at this time of the year but I suspect there may also be a fair bit of mollusc damage there.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks both.

    @BobTheGardener in the photos online the leaves are a different shape to Aubretia but otherwise it could be that. Ours has never flowered like the photos though!

    I'd be surprised if it was mollusc damage as, while we have a lot in general, I almost never see them in the front garden. We have a membrane then thick gravel which tends to deter them so they go for the back garden instead!

    @Hostafan1 The leaves look identical to an Alyssum but ours has very little height. That could just be my lack of care though!

    Thanks
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234
    I discovered, after buying it of course, that Aubretia prefers alkaline soil. It may just be unhappy if your soil tends towards acidic...as mine does!  :/
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,600
    Thanks PP.   Didn't know that.  It never thrived in my last garden which was alkaline but very fertile and moist so I planned to try it here thinking it would enjoy poorer and drier soil but we're neutral to acid. 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,003
    I can't grow it at all - it just ups and dies!
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