What plants are these? Anyone knows the names?

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,920
    1. Looks like a Mahonia, ? which one.
    2. Is a Berberis, again not sure which species.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,901
    I agree with Punkdoc, also about not knowing the names, although I have the Mahonia.
    my berberis pink. 
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  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,185
    edited 8 March
    I thought Mahonia for the first one too.

    The second is a Berberis maybe darwinii.

    There are several cultivars so you need to measure up some leaf sizes and check them out online, or post more flower, leaf and plant sizes to give some scale. :)

    Edit: I have moved but not changed this bit, as a load of rubbish.
    "But.
    It might also be worth checking Berberis aquifolia they have similar leaves and flower clusters".
    There is a site out there with incorrect/confusing? information calling what I also thought at Mahonia a Berberis.
    https://plantright.org/better-plants/berberis-aquifolium/
    Apologies.
  • lovegardening77lovegardening77 Berkshire Posts: 314
    I think Mahonia too
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Bruges, BelgiumPosts: 747
    Definately Berb. Darwinii. I have the same in my garden. 
  • thanks everyone! i'd love to have both in my garden.. when's the right time of the year to plant them? also are they easy to find in plant shops? i'm a total gardener novice
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 24,659
    Both should be available in any good Garden Centre and now is a good time for planting them.
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,729
    Mahonia aquifolium, I think. It’s smaller and neater than M. japonica.
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  • Ladybird4 said:
    Both should be available in any good Garden Centre and now is a good time for planting them.
    Do I buy them as already grown trees and just plant them?
    and how long do they bloom for?
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 24,659
    If you buy them as smallish shrubs in pots then it is easy to just transplant them straight into the garden. Mahonias flower in the Winter and berberis flower in Spring but there are several different types of both shrubs so flowering times may be slightly different.
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