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Ids and pruning idea...

A few more ids.
the first is a shrub which is basically two stems which are top heavy.First I’d like to know what it is and how best to prune it so it doesn’t snap in the future.
The second has just popped up.
the third I presume is a bulb/tuber.wondered if it is some kind of lily??? Never seen it before but have seen it in a few gardens round here.Must be quite a tough plant as some is coming up through gravel.


  • NanniemoNanniemo Posts: 223
    Don’ know the first two, but the 3rd pic I think is sisyrinchium.
  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429
    Number 3 is Sisyrinchium striatum, commonly known as satin flower or pale yellow-eyed grass. The flowers are quite pretty. It spreads very easily and quite rapidly but is easy to pull up if unwanted.

    In winter some of the leaves tend to blacken and rot and need removing. And, it's a snail magnet, they hide amongst the leaves.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,218
    Number two might be elderberry.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thank you Soulboy,it’s a lovely flower
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 569
    I thought first one was Goat Willow. Sisyrinchium self seeds like mad so dead head if you don't want them all over the garden.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    What height is the top heavy shrub and is it evergreen.

    Second photo could be a number of perennials. It looks a bit like a  Eupatorium.
  • Borderline the top heavy shrub is about 6-7foot high and I think the second one is Eupatoriam.
  • Loraine3 I’ve just looked up goat willow and it does look like it,the leaves bend to one side at the tip as described online.Thanks
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