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pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378

Hello everyone.

Before Christmas I've moved houses and I need some help with identifying some plants and I would also appreciate some advice about best ways to care for them.


 1. This plant seems to be too old to keep. 


 2. This is a climber, but most of it seems dry. What should I do?


 3. This plant appears in several places around the garden.


 4. There are at least three plants here, one of them is now in bloom.



  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378


    5. This is a pot of hardy geraniums. At least, that's what I think it is. what can I do with it?


     6. Are these hostas? Can I move them to a different place? There are quite a lot of them in this pot and the level of the soil is very low.


     7. I like the leaves of this low growing plant, does anyone know what it is? What about the blue flower?



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    8. Are these the leaves of a foxglove? Do I need to do anything about them?


     9. Is this big root belonging to the ornamental grass?



     10. Some new growth. In the middle it has what looks like a flower bud.


     11. Flower and leaves from a climbing plant.


     12. I have no idea.

  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378


     13. I think this one is about to bloom as well.


     14. A potted plant. Does it need pruning?


     15. Another plant that is about to bloom.


     16. Quite pretty low growing plant.


     17. Another low growing plant.


     18. A bushy potted plant. Should I do anything to it?

  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378

    There are more, but for the moment I will be happy to know anything about any of these. Thank you.

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    1. Heuchera, heucherella or Tiarella. It will have white, pink or red flowers.

    2. Could be a variety of clematis or honeysuckle.

    3. The pink flowers might be hyacinths that have been planted in your garden. The middle bit could be valerian and the bottom leaves in the middle are aquilegia.

    4. The stem in the middle I think is a type of elder. The yellow flowering plant is Kerria japonica. It also looks as if there is a weed (ground elder) mixed in.

    5. Leave as it is, just tidy up the dead bits or take it out of the pot and divide it and put a bit back in the pot and the other bits plant around the garden.

    6. Yes its Hosta. Again you can do the same as you would with the geranium, or just plant the whole plant in the ground.

    7. The blue flower is an anemone. The silvery leafed plant is a Lamium. It will have either white or pink flowers.

    8. They are foxgloves. You can divide and replant if you want or leave as they are.

    9. Its a Yucca or a Phormium.

    10. This is a Peony, red or pink flower.

    11. Clematis.

    12. Might be a Euphorbia. Wear Gloves, and if you snap a stalk and white sap comes out, it definitely is. Don't touch the sap and wash your hands if you do.

    13. Don't know.

    14. Think this is a Buddleia. I prune in March.

    15. Possibly a variety of Japonica.

    16. Variety of sedum/sempervivum.

    17. Creeping Jenny.

    18. Azalea. Would leave this alone, it looks very happy.







  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    1 looks like a heuchera - they look messy at this time of the year.

    2 maybe Lonicera? - cut back hard if so.

    3 ?

    4 (1) Elder (2) another Elder (3) Kerria Japonica

    5 Yes, hardy geranium - cut back all dead/dying foliage

    6 Look like hotas - plant at same level in soil, watch for slugs!

    7 blue flower is anenome blanda, not sure about nettle-like foliage plant.

    8 Yes, foxgloves - no need to do anything at all.

    9 No sure if root is for what look like golden sword yucca

    10 Peony

    11 Clematis (not sure which one)

    12 looks like wallflower (Erysimum)

    13 is, I think, a Daphne.  Lucky you!

    14 a buddleia of some type, probably a dwarf one prune hard to lowest leaves

    15 - 18 I'll leave for others! image



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  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378

    Hello, Gardenmaiden & BobTheGardiner. Thank you for your reply. I was in the garden today, beautiful weather here (Northamptonshire) and I felt quite confused by the multitude of plants and my lack of knowledge about how to care for them. I'm very happy about the peony (I did have a suspicion) and clematis.

    I knew there was ground elder involved because it does have a particular smell, doesn't it? I think I will divide the hosta, I have a lot of empty pots. 

    I think many of these plants have been in their pots for a long time. There is a big root in the pot with the yucca. Should it be repotted? Will it grow more foliage?


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,150

    15 is a Skimmia

    16 is London pride, Saxifraga Urbium in Latin

    The others I knew have been said and some I don't know.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378

    Thank you, Busy-Lizzie. I shall google them. You've all been great!

    Here are some other plants.


     19. I absolutely love the colour of these leaves. I was wondering whether I should cut some of the yucca leaves to give it more space. Or is it a weed?


     20. Some sort of chives? Do I need to do anything to it?


     21. Is this another elder? Do I need to take it out?


     22. Low growing plant. Should I do anything to it?

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    19. Might be a hydrangea

    20. Is not chives, its a grass I've seen by the water's edge when fishing.

    21. Wait till it gets a bit bigger as it might be an Astilbe. So many things look the same at the moment.

    22. If its not a big mass of violets, its something similar with blue flowers that I can't remember the name of.

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