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I would appreciate help to identify the six plants / questions below.
1. Does anyone know the variety of clematis this is.  Also it has only just started to flower now so do I cut back in Feb or not?
2. Is no. 2 a weed?
3. This is a shrub that was cut back hard last year and has never flowered.  Does anyone know what it is.
4. This is nerine bulbs that I planted in Spring but still not flowered.  Am I doing something wrong?
5. This is growing up the house wall and tends to fan out.  Berries have just appeared. 
 Anyone know what exactly this is?
6. This is almost like a box plant but much thinner and seems to have grown a little out of control.  Any ideas?
Thanks in anticipation of your help.



  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,705
    1. ??? C.Sarah Elizabeth, but many similar ones
    3. Rhodedendron.
    4. Possibly planted too deep, or not enough sun.
    5. Cotoneaster.
    6. ?? Lonicera nitida
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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    Photo 2 could be Persicaria Maculosa. Photo 5 & 6 looks like Cotoneaster Horizontalis. These plants can grow into low shrubs.
  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 888
    4. My nerines (in beds) have usually taken a year or two to flower... maybe be patient...? 
  • Nerines are a bit fussy. They need plenty of sun on the necks of the bulbs--which therefore need to be exposed--and they only flower from large bulbs (and flower better when overcrowded). So providing they're in the right position, I'd recommend patience. Eventually they will make a fantastic display.

    I can't be sure about your clematis variety because there are literally thousands. It looks like a large-flowered variety, and that would be in keeping with flowering in September. Without some indication of the flower size, though, it could be one of numerous hybrids. If it is a large-flowered variety then it does not need any pruning at all.

    No 2 is a weed, no. 5 is Cotoneaster horizontalis and good for wildlife, worth keeping.

    I agree the last one is Lonicera nitida, which is a hedging shrub that you can trim to any shape you like.

    The mystery one in the middle, your photo no. 3, again it's hard because of the lack of scale, but it looks very like an Azalea to me. It is best not to cut these back hard, as they flower on old wood, so that would cut all of next year's flowers off.
  • 4. Nerine  bowdenii should be flowering now.
    But without leaves.
    First the flowers ..then the leaves appear...(see pic below...not a leaf to be seen.)

    They should be planted in well drained gritty soil with the nose of the bulb above ground.
    The bottom of a wall in full sun,  hot baked, dry  is the perfect spot for them.
    Suspect your  are not Nerine.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Your azalea/rhododendrum already has flower buds. They need watering well during August and September when the buds are forming.
  • ElmozElmoz Posts: 30
    1. Looks like Hagley Hybrid to me, not that I'd know for sure since mine didn't flower :(
    5. Cotoneaster
    6. Another type of cotoneaster. Not convinced by suggestions of lonicera nitida.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678
    edited September 2020
    Number 2 is a weed . Pull it out before it seeds.
    #3 is a rhododendron or azalea. It has flower buds. Give it an ericaceous feed and then do not prune it until after it flowers.  Apart from feeding and watering, leave it alone as much as possible.
    4. If those are nerines they are probably planted too deep.   They have to have the neck of the bulb showing and a gritty compost. Mine are in tubs but the leaves have gone and they are flowering now.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,132
    This is Hagley Hybrid - If you don't think that's right, you can use the website to search for more possibilities - 

    It can be hard pruned in late Feb/March then given a good drink of water and a generous feed of slow release clematis, rose or tomato feed and then a mulch to help retain moisture at the roots and then it should start flowering earlier.  Make sure you train new growth as it appears so you can fan it out along supports or you'll end up with a vertical column of tangle.  

    Agree with the other IDs and advice re pulling the weed, watering the rhododendron, patience and depth for the nerines and the cotoneaster and lonicera.
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  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
    My Nerines, also planted this spring, are just starting to flower now and are in full leaf. Only two of the 5 have flowers, but I didn't expect any this year so am pleased. I am guessing that because I only planted them this year, they didn't get started on their leaves as early as established ones would, and so that's why they are still there at the same time as the flowers.

    Agree re Cotoneaster horizontalis and Lonicera nitida.
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