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Jun 6, 2013 1:57 PM

Help - 10 Plants/Flowers to Identify

I've just moved house (previous own passed away) and I'm looking to identify some of the plants and flowers in the garden.  Yes I know some of these may be easy to even the most basic gardener, but I'm only just getting hooked on the garden, so very much wet behind the ears.


The links (via evernote - should be safe) below will show you various images of each plant/flower. If you know the palnet/flower please state which number you have identified in your reply.


Here's 10 I have no idea on:




I think I might know these, but please correct me or expand on the variety/species



I understand that identification may be difficult from a couple of photos taken at this time of year, however any help whould be greatly a appreciated.


Thank you for your time

Kindest Regards



Mike, did a fantastic job helping me identify some trees and shrubs, earlier this week

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    Jun 9, 2013 8:54 AM (in response to Moofer)
    Re: Help - 10 Plants/Flowers to Identify

    Hello again Paul, ye old charmer!


    1. Chelidonium majus (greater celandine)

    2. Skimmia japonica

    3. Hyacinthoides non-scripta - white bluebells (something's nagging me, though - maybe the size of the leaves)

    4. Aubrieta (name changed from Aubretia some while ago)

    5. Helleborus (hellebore)

    6. Hyacinth (hmmm - it is rather late for them to be in flower; maybe you took the photo a while ago?)

    7. Oxalis (sorrel; maybe a pink one)

    8. Pentaglottis sempervirens (green alkanet) - probably*

    9. Centaurea montana (perennial cornflower)

    10. Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens (always a good one to impress your friends with, name-wise!)


    'Alyssum?' - yes (with Muscari)

    'BlueBell/Grape Hyacinth?' - grape hyacinth (Muscari)

    'Bluebell/Hyacinth (looks a bit different to the one above)' - bluebell (blue one)

    'Primroses?' - polyanthus - a type of Primula


    * green alkanet:

    I strongly suggest you do not grow this as an ornamental. I once (decades ago) liked the look of it and brought some into the garden, where it grew only too well. It is a coarse plant - bristly and with insufficient floral show to be really worthwhile horticulturally (in a wild garden, it is perhaps OK). The trouble comes when trying to eradicate it... It spreads, and its roots go very deep, and it can reproduce from remnant roots. Also, it copes well in dry shade - so if you are facing the challenge of growing garden plants in such settings (eg. under big trees/shrubs on chalk), it can out-compete the plants you're trying to grow.



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