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Hi, can anyone tell me what these two plants are?


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,834
    edited August 2019
    Hello Helena and welcome to the forum. Your second picture shows a Dahlia. The leaves could belong to several shrubs. Has it flowered at all this year? It could be a Philadelphus.
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  • Hi Ladybird4, thank you for your welcome and answer. The first plant has already had white flowers I believe - it is in my mother in law's garden we have been tidying. I'm told it could be ???ginger?
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,834
    Philadelphus has another name - Mock Orange - because the flowers smell like orange blossom. They are definitely not ginger which comes in several varieties with colourful flowers. Here is an example:
    Image result for ginger plant flower
    Philadelphus (Mock Orange) looks like this:
    Image result for philadelphus virginal
    There is a double flowered version too:
    Image result for philadelphus virginal

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  • Interesting! I love the smell of Mock Orange but this is not the leaf I had on mine. Will try to get more information. Thanks😀
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,834
    You are most welcome.
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  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063
    Looks a bit like Solomons Seal but I'm definitely no expert.
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  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,420
    The top one may be a deutzia 
  • Thanks Yviestevie and Perki, I think I really need to find out what the flowers look like, deutzia certainly seems a possibility.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,546
    My first thought on no 1 was Kolkwitzia Amabilis.
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,899
    Pictures of a deutzia in flower on this thread:

    ... if that helps.

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