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Your help to identify these plants would be greatly appreciated.

paulajane45paulajane45 Posts: 10
edited July 2019 in Plants
While I am no newbie gardener, I have only had a garden for 3 years. It consists of pots & a border. The previous owner pebbled all the lawned areas front & back. Prior to this I lived in a flat for 17 years. Plants have moved on a lot in recent years & my memory isn't as sharp!
My neighbour died very suddenly last week. She lived for her garden & while it had extensive beds it also had a lot of potted specimens. Her son asked me to take them & I want to nurture them for her in her memory. I just can't work out what two of them are.
I think one could be Pieris japonica, but as for the other I just can't decide. I need to be able to care for them right & as a lot of you are so knowledgeable, I signed up to ask for your help.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,527
    Top one Pieris, bottom one skimmia

  • Thank you, fidgetbones.
    I had looked at Skimmia's, but no pictures showed such yellow leaves. Is this a lack of magnesium sign?
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Skimmias prefer a slightly acidic soil. And if it has been in that small pot a while it will also be generally hungry.  So give it a feed and a sequestrene and it should perk up.
  • Helix, thank you.
    It was kept in full shade in its original home, so I figured it was a deficiency of something.
    I intend to group it with others to give partial shade & am looking to switch pots at a suitable time.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,811
    I'm sorry to hear about your neighbour, @paulajane45 , it must have been rather a shock. It is good that you have been given the potted plants and are willing to care for them. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Thank you @Lizzie27
    She was poorly for two months but never let on it was cancer, returning for the third time 😔
    She went into a hospice just two days after her birthday & passed away 8 days later. Mercifully quick, but sad.
    I have gained approximately 26 plants of which 14 are shrubs. The rest are Pelargoniums, Primulas that are in flower, a cyclamen in flower. One miniature rose & a fair few hanging baskets she had rested on top of pots to use as planters. My water butt is empty so I am ferrying water from my Dad's across the road as his garden is all planted directly into the soil. I only have pebbled mounds!
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