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Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 118
Please could you suggest what these plants may be? I can get as far as spirea, fern or geranium or grass but I need more detail....Thanks 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537
    Top one is

    Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata The King' - Golden Male Fern

    third one is

    Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

    brook thistle

    The bottom grass is what I think is called gardeners garters

    Phalaris arundinacea var. picta 'Picta'

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,184
    The geranium looks like a sanguineum type, maybe Lancastriense (a.k.a. striatum).
    I think the thistle is probably Circium rivulare "atropurpurea".
    Not sure about the spirea.  There are several yellow-leaved varieties.  Goldflame is a popular one.
    I think the grass is gardeners' garters (Phalaris arundinacea "Picta" - I had to look that up!)

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 118
    Thank you so much both...out of interest where do you look your plants up?
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991
    If I want to know something about a plant I ask here or on one of the Facebook gardening groups. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 118
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    I was lucky enough to be given a big RHS encyclopedia.  Look in charity shops for similar books, and field guides for wild flowers.
  • ManderMander Posts: 334
    I downloaded an app called Google Lens on my phone. It's supposed to be able to identify things using the camera. It works about half the time, and the rest is just searching for plant identification or lucky chance. But this is partly why I signed up for this forum, as many of my search results led here! 
  • Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 118
    Thanks both...yes this site is fab...Im so impressed with folks helpfulness and knowledge!
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