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Anne17Anne17 Posts: 98

Large plant/shrub, taking over the garden

green leaves tinged with red, thick stems which seem to be hollow and (very few) dark red flowers that look a bit like shrimps



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
  • Anne17Anne17 Posts: 98

    That's totally amazing ! You're right

    thank you !

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053

    gee , thanks. image

  • We have two in our flower bed Anne17.  We trim them every year because they would really like to take over the space and more.  I can't say I have noticed any bees or butterflies attracted to it.image

    Last edited: 20 August 2016 13:11:43

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,740

    You can cut it virtually to the ground in Spring, and it will come back strongly.

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

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    I do the same as Pdoc in the spring.

    Blackbirds love the berries and any seedlings are easily removed.

    SW Scotland
  • I had a good look at our two shrubs of Leycesteria formosa today Anne but could see now insect activity - or birds either. However I am aware that the blackbirds may have heard me coming Joyce. I think I would prefer a hebe shrub in place of these two Leycesteria as I have noticed plenty of lovely bees and butterflies on the hebe's that we have seen recently. The flowers are nicer too on the hebes.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

     I'd have several of these and no hebes if I had to make a choice. It depends what you like. Don't forget that there are hundreds of flowers for insects, much pushed at GCs  to keep the pollinators happy because that's what's deemed important at the moment. The whole system is important, 2 legs, 4 legs, 6, 8, uncountable legs.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Anne17Anne17 Posts: 98

    Thanks all

    i think it's out of here !

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