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Which seasons do the following plants grow?

Could you please tell me which seasons I could expect to find the following plants in a UK forest or woodland?



Wild roses 



Passion Flower 

Lemon Balm 



Also is it politically correct to use the term woodland and forest to mean the same thing or do they have completely different meanings? 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,850

    primroses spring

    heather  summer

    wild roses summer

    violets spring

    lavender, passion flower and sandalwood are not British plants

    lemon balm summer

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,850

    woodland and forest are sort of the same but in my mind not interchangeable. Forest seems a much larger thing than woodland.

    Heather is a moorland plant not a woodland one.

    the flowering time I suggested for lemon balm is Ok but that's not a British plant either

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053

    The last 5 plants do not grow in the wild here in the UK. Wild roses grow in hedgerows not woods. And heather as has been pointed out, grows on moors. 

    Woodland to me means a mixed wood whereas a forest to me means a conifer plantation. Probably not scientifically correct..............

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,384

    Lavender, passion flower, lemon balm and camomile grow in gardens in the UK when people plant them, but aren't wild plants.

    I always think that forests cover a much bigger area than woodland. I don't think of any of those plants growing in forests. Small woods with deciduous trees and dappled sunlight may have violets and primroses. Primroses are often on damp roadside banks with shade from a hedge. Bluebells grow in beech woods.

    Where do you come from Deana?

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • And a forest is not necessarily covered in trees either! In the UK it was a historical term referring to the monarch's hunting ground, for example the New Forest in Hampshire, and the much smaller one in which I live.image

  • RedwingRedwing SussexPosts: 1,304

    Forest is sometimes also used for the larger heathlands, like the New Forest, a mixture of heathland and woods.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Deana3Deana3 Posts: 4

    So what sort of plants/herbs would I find in an English forest in the summer? This is really fascinating!

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,384

    Where do you live, Deana?

    This should answer your questions about what grows in woodland. The Woodland Trust is a charity that helps look after English woodland. 

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,138

    As has been said, there's all sorts of woodland and they differ from area to area.  Some types have more of one sort of trees and plants than another e.g.predominantly beech woodland on acid soil will have a different mix of plants making up the 'under storey' to the mixed woodland with a lot of oak and ash that you find on chalky soil. 

    It will also depend on how the woodland is managed and what wildlife there is - woodland that is regularly coppiced and has the undergrowth cleared will have more woodland flowers such as bluebells and primroses than woodland that is left to grow thickets of bushier smaller shrubs and trees among the large ones. 

    And then of course, there's the effect of the browsing deer ...

    Last edited: 26 January 2017 10:42:02

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053
    Redwing says:

    Forest is sometimes also used for the larger heathlands, like the New Forest, a mixture of heathland and woods.

    New Forest See original post

     Every day is a school day! I always thought the New Forest was originally all trees. Forests in Scotland are definitely all trees! 

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