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Can anyone tell me what this little shrub is?

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chipmonkey Fri 21-Jun-13 18:57:23

The little one in front with the pink/green variegated leaves?
I remember having it in our garden when I was a child.

mummylin2495 Fri 21-Jun-13 19:02:09

Not sure but t could be a coleus

Mirage Fri 21-Jun-13 19:33:03

Yep,it is a Coleus.They are easy to grow from seed too.

chipmonkey Fri 21-Jun-13 19:47:20

Thank you!!!grin Mumsnet succeeded where google failed!
I am growing a fairy garden on dd's grave and I love the colour of the leaves.

mummylin2495 Fri 21-Jun-13 20:10:31

Glad we could help in such a special event

Mirage Fri 21-Jun-13 22:09:25

What a lovely

LadyMud Sat 22-Jun-13 12:19:04

It's a Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), I think

I hope your Fairy Garden is a comfort x

TheFogsGettingThicker Sat 22-Jun-13 21:03:39

Second the Hypoestes (Polka Dot plant),

It won't be frost hardy though, it's usually sold as a houseplant.

chipmonkey Sun 23-Jun-13 02:39:01

Well, that would be fine if I lived in California but sadly I live in Ireland and frost is fairly common! So maybe the polka-dot plant is not such a good idea. I also like the idea of tiny bonsais for trees but a lot of them are indoorsy as well.

Talkinpeace Sun 23-Jun-13 18:37:50

have a look at something like this

chipmonkey Mon 24-Jun-13 12:44:52

Oh, that is lovely! . I am going to plant little shrubs that can look like trees, thyme and rosemary etc. Lots of bulbs in winter that can come up in spring as well.

Talkinpeace Mon 24-Jun-13 15:34:41

There are some really nice alpines that will do a passable impression of a fairy forest : and if you are in Ireland, do not rule out this chap
and make use of some of these

chipmonkey Mon 24-Jun-13 17:42:51

Talkin, you are a fount of knowledge!

Talkinpeace Mon 24-Jun-13 18:20:38

try fanatical gardener!

that and I've built a green roof outside my daughter's bedroom window so have trialled lots of things to see what grows low, robust but has pretty flowers ....

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