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Help! I'm not sure what to keep!

vickij7vickij7 Posts: 5


The garden in our new house is growing fast but I'm not sure what's what. Can anyone help by telling me what these plants are and whether or not I should keep them? Thank you!



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,159

    Top picture Linaria and Poppies. Second picture I am not too sure about. Third picture is a Sedum. Fourth picture look like Hellebore leaves. Keep them all until someone can ID picture two for certain

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    1) Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea), a weed but has nice flowers which are loved by butterflies etc. Spreads everywhere by seed but easy to pull up.

    2) Not sure - could be a few things so would keep for now and check back when it flowers.

    3) Sedum spectabile (aka ice plant), a keeper.  Flowers summer to autumn, loved by bees.

    4) A Hellebore (probably Hellebore x hybridus), another keeper.  Flowers in late winter.


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  • Dave HedgehogDave Hedgehog Posts: 377

    On the right bottom side of pic 1 there appears to be Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria). If it is's definitely not a keeper!!!

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Good spot, Dave!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • vickij7vickij7 Posts: 5


    Do you mean this stuff? image

    Thank you for everyone's help so far!

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,159

    That sure looks like it vickij. It needs to be dug out carefully as each bit of broken root left behind will regenerate. Difficult to use a weedkiller because of it being so close to your other plants. If you decide to move any of these then check their roots carefullt to make sure none of the Ground Elder roots are entwined in them

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • BluebellaBluebella Posts: 7

    Could Picture 2 be  a Penstemon

  • Rob LockwoodRob Lockwood Posts: 347
    Looks like some Aquilegias in 2
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Number 2 looks like penstemon to me as well. Very healthy. 

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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,867

    Could 2 be one of those tall campanulas, I've got loads of it here, looks like that before flowering. Maybe wait for some flowers on that one for a positive ID

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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