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Just a couple this time, both seem to be evergreen shrubs, the second & third are the same spiky one which has only been in the ground a couple of months, and not sure when to prune it.imageimageimage



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,867

    The bottom two look like a Euphorbia. Isn't it pretty? Not sure about your top one though.

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  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,475

    Top one looks Berberis-like? Does it produce flowers or berries?? 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Yes the bottom two pictured plant is lovely Ladybird - it looked a bit unusual but isn't Euphorbia a plant that is quite often seen - are there many varieties of Euphorbia? The Berberis like plant doesn't seem to have any prickles - I thought Berberis branches had thorns on them?  It certainly is lovely, so colourful and it really stands out in our front garden against the wood chips which we put down to deter weeds.

  • Pat EPat E Posts: 11,059

    GD, I think the second one looks like a Leucadendron.  Try googling the various Proteaceae family. You might find it.

    S. E. NSW
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Neither plant is instantly recognisable to me GD.

    Looking at No1 with a bit of pinch and zoom at the variegated leaves made me think of a euonymous japonica type thing but a google nosey of red leaved ones only shows alatus (burning bush types) and that's not it. 

    Thought No2 was a bit "euphorbia like" too but can't find any google matches for that one eitherimage

    An ID challenge indeed for us amateursimage  Hope you can get a better answer from the plant genius's*.... Where's nutimage

    (*No offence intended LB, you're an A1 ID'er tooimage?)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    agree with Pat re Leucadendron but I don't know them except in photos, not chance of them growing here, so couldn't say which one.

    Yes GD there are hundreds of euphorbias but this isn't one of them.image

    can you get another photo of the top one? a close-up of one branch. How big is it? I don't think it's any of the plants suggested so far 

  • Thank you all for your contributions - are these plants not hardy enough to grow in the U.K.? We are lucky that they are both growing rather healthily in our front garden, along with established camellias and pine trees.  I will try to get some more photos of them tomorrow or Monday to post on here.

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,557

    Could the first one be a coprosma?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    I think it could be, raisingirl. Not a shrub I know well and I couldn't bring the word to mindimage

    Not hardy here GD. I envy your tropical paradise sometimes, though I love the changes in seasons

  • Coprosma,I will goggle that one, thanks raisingirl, nut and everyone else for putting in their identities. Tropical paradise ! We had two mornings with ice on the bird bath this week, although some lovely sunshine too and we have had nearly 10 days without rain and counting. Yes, we are lucky to have some lovely plants growing here that are not hardy enough for some parts of the U.K. but we do get lots of wind too.

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