Please could you let me know what the two plants are in the pictures. Recently bought a house with a garden, and know trying to get my head around it all! Sorry not great pictures (took them yesterday evening when it was getting dark - if need better ones let me know and will take them again now its light and sunny!)
The second one produces small orangery/peachy flowers before those strange looking fruits/whatever they are?
Also if anyone can tell me if a tall buddleia close to a house can be damaging for the house that would be great - our neighbour keeps telling us we should get rid of it as the roots will do damage to the house.
Second one is Chaenomeles japonica, or Quince. the fruits are edible when properly ripe, but they do need cooking as they are very hard.
First one looks like the seed heads of Hypericum species, possibly Hidcote as being the most frequently planted.
Agree with Berghill on the IDs. How close is the buddleja to the house? Their roots are not too much of a threat.
Agree with hypericum for pic one, you also have a bit of crocosmia behind it as well (the long leaved plant with orange flowers)
Never read anything about buddleia being particularly invasive, maybe your new neighbours simply don't like it. When we first moved in a neighbour tried to tell me to get rid of established plants in my front garden, stating "They will be nothing but trouble". Haha, they had wall to wall concrete in theirs
Ignore the nosey neighbour and have your garden how you like it.
I think the Hypericum might be Hypericum "Elstead". H."Hidcote" is usually a poor fruiter.
The buddleia IS an invasive plant! See http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28196221
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Buddleja is only invasive if you don't weed your garden.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
Thanks for all your replies. The boarders are a bit of a mess and so I am trying to figure out what is what, and how best to tackle it! Just a couple more questions.
Berghill, thanks for letting me know its a quince. I really like the flowers it produces and so am trying to help it grow. It was really small and not very healthy when we first moved in. It was growing under the Japanase Rose, Kerria japonica, (I managed to get that identified). I think this Japanese Rose was blocking out the sun and I didn't notice the Quince for a good few months after we moved in. I must admit I don't particularly like that rose as I find it a bit messy and untidy and they remind me off long strangly nettles when they have no flowers but they do hide the shed (although that is moving behind the garage) and the fence (which isn't moving!). I have pruned them back and the quince has since grown, but I was wondering if the Japanese rose plant helps it grow by providing shelter and/or support to grow on? I have researched on here and seen there are lots of different types of quinces - mine doesn't have any thorns that I have seen. Also not sure how I would separate them both either, if I was to dig up the Japanese rose. Have attached some photos below, you can see how its all tangled together!
Also thanks Kitty and Ladybird for your advice on Buddleia. IThe stump is a good 1 metre away from the house as you can see from the pics below. So hopefully should be ok? I will prune it back once its stopped flowering, and then right back even more in spring. As you said I don't think my neighbour likes buddleia!
Finally does anyone know what this is? I had two of them, they did have red berry type things on the stalk before they dropped off. Is it a plant or weed? You can just see the berries on the floor in the pic.
Quince is lovely, I'd have one in a heartbeat if I had the space, bees love the flowers and they're great because they flower early when not much else is about. It can get a bit straggly, but what doesn't?!
I've left a couple of buddleia for the wildlife and because where they are, I'm not sure anything else will grow! I'm not especially keen on them though, I don't like the smell and I wouldn't want them up near the house - maybe that's the problem?
Sorry Papi Jo I stand corrected
I suppose I was thinking of a concrete busting root invasion like JKW.
Not the self seeding everywhere through lack of pruning and dead heading.
Maybe your now berry free spike is from an Arum such as Lords and Ladies.