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AliPAliP Posts: 64








The first 2 pics are of the same plant/tree it has grown a huge amount in one season and is obviously something that has set seed and not actually been planted.

3rd pic, it looks familiar but I need some help. It's been flowering for a long time now and is still going, upright habit, not much more I can tell you.

4th pic, flowering now, herbaceous perennial I think, its growing in pretty dense shade.

Thank you so much, it's driving me mad not knowing what they are.


  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    The 4th one looks like an impatiens of some sort. It might be Himalayan balsam, so suggest you google same.
  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    Hi AliP


    3rd pic, I believe, is a form of spiraea.  I have it in my garden, and the same - is flowering still.image

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,400

    The 4th is chelone - deep green foliage and pink flowers in late summer and likes shade.  There's also a white form available but the pink version is stronger.  Mine is very happy and spreading slowly.  I love it.  It looks great next to a big fat hosta Sum and Substance.

    The third looks like spiraea douglasii .


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • The plant shown in pics 1 and 2 looks very much like laurel.

    If so, it forms a nice shrub or hedge, if you have the space. But it can become very large. Laurel seedlings can turn up, especially if there's a bush/tree nearby.

  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    Pics 1 and 2 are Juglans regia or Common Walnut. I agree with Obelixx about pics 3 and 4.

  • AliPAliP Posts: 64

    Thank you all so much! Yes definitely Spiraea douglasii & Chelone.  I'll crush the leaves on the walnut just to check, looks like it could be though. Thank you again this has saved me alot of time looking in books etc.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes North East Derbyshire Posts: 2,058

    Not familiar with pics 1 & 2. 

    3 a Spirea. I cut mine down a bit after the flowers finish & then redo it in the spring when you can see the buds starting to break.

    4. Chelone, or Turtlehead. You can do the Chelsea chop on a clump to keep it shorter if you want. I find mine is happy in both sun & part shade & on dry or slightly moister soil. Yes the pink is more vigorous, but the white one is nice too. J.

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