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Hey Guys

Since we had nice weather yesterday spent most of the day tidying up the garden and cutting few things back.

There are couple of things that I even left last year and want to get them sorted out this year.

First off is this shrub, didn't bother doing much with it last year but its getting messy and blocking light off other plants. I am not sure what it is and should I cut it back so it will grow a more desirable shape?

 Next is that I got two plants growing in the corner of a flower bed and not sure what they are. Any ideas?

 Next is this plant. Now I know its a French Lavender as I planted it last year but its looking a bit worse for wear. I presume this is dead and shouldn't look like this at this time of year. Doesn't appear to be any new shoots or fresh growth on it. It surprises me if this is dead as I always thought Lavender is quite hardy.




  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Top looks Like a Hebe. Not sure about pruning these, if there's no growth buds lower down, it might not like hard pruning.

    Middle looks like aquilegia and tulip/ bulb.

    That lavender looks kaput. French ones don't like cold with wet.

    Scratch the bark lower down to see if its green underneath.
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,445

    Morning Turnipfarmer.

    The first one looks like a Hebe. The second one I recognise but the name escspes me at the mo, sorry will haveca think.  But I'm sure someone on here will know straight away.

    Could be lavender, mine don't tend to like my garden and usually die off.


  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,445

    Ooh hi darren, I type a bit slow image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    Top a hebe

    I don't know what the bulb is in 2 but the rest is an aquilegia

    3, dead as you feared. French lavender is less hardy than some but they all like good drainage and can suffer in our winters

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,445

    I wondered if no 2 could be something similar to this lily.



  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    1. Hebe, they don't like being pruned.

    2. Aquilegia and I think the bulb might be Agapanthus.

    3. Dead lavender

  • Thanks everyone.

    With regard to the Hebe, its just getting too big for its area is in and blocking light to the other plants in the flower bed.

    Do you think my options are just leave it or remove it and replace? Or can they be pruned slightly rather than very hard?

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,618

    1. Hebe.

    2. ? Agapanthus,

    3. DEAD

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Prune the Hebe lightly, see how it responds,

    If its OK, prune again later in the year.

    This will reduce its size gradually, or remove it if its restricting other plants.

    You could take a few cuttings .
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,080
    I lightly prune my Hebes, I think the bulb could be an Allium. That's aquilegia in with it.

    And the last is dead. May as well pull it out.

    Behind the hebe is a delphinium.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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