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 please could you tell me what the plant in the background is (could be sweet pea climber) the spikey plant and the plant in the foreground please.

 

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  • Hello Laura

    I think the one at the back, the spikey one, is mahonia - the Oregon Grape, and the one at the front looks like euphorbia - a useful but rather boring plant which spreads like crazy but can be easily controlled just by digging out.  I have the euphorbia in a shady spot where not much else wants to grow, bnut there are much nicer euphorbias to be had, with interesting flower heads.  I can't see what you think might be a sweet pea.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    I think that's Euphorbia amygdaloides robbiae. Attractive in its season but a bit invasive. maybe a big bit invasive.

    Like gg, I can't see anything that looks like a sweet pea or one of those perennial sweet peas. Could you do another photo focussing on the climber?

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Verdun is spot on. Plant at the back is Mahonia. Not sure about Euphorbia GG, mine is a lot paler in leaf colour, but I only have the one, so no expert image

  • once there was a sweet pea climber at the back, it was very over grown so I dug it up a few years ago though I had got most of it out but there is new shoots of some thing unsure as to what it is, that's a good help with the other plants thank you

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    The perennial sweet pea is one of those plants that you dig up but it's still there. 

  • Kef, there are loads of different euphorbias - from the little ones, to the big majestic ones (Chariacas).  I even have one called Jimmy Platt whose flowers give off the scent of fresh coffee on a sunny day!  Then there is a little one that's almost a succulent, euphorbia myrsinites, that I grew from seed and hangs down over a low wall.  Most of them do well in hot, dry conditions - and some are biennial.....there's even  a prickly cactus-like one - sorry I can't remember all the names at the moment.  Once you get into euphorbias there is a huge range to choose from.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    Not me Verduimage

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