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Are you able to identify these plants?

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GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 16:20:57

Gardeners added some new shrubs to my garden today. They told me what they were but I have a sieve for a mind so I've completely forgotten.

Is anyone able to identify them for me? (Photos in the replies.)


GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 16:22:45

This one I think starts with an E or an H.

I've included a picture of the whole shrub and then a close up of the leaves.

We'll call this Exhibit A.

GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 16:24:37

This one, Exhibit B, possibly also starts with an E or H.

GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 16:27:20

Exhibit C might start with a P. I've been through a whole list of P plants but none of them fit. I thought it sounded something like Palmeria.

The leaves are large. Had a bit of trouble getting one in the photo because the wind came up. angry

Tuiles Mon 21-Mar-16 16:41:16

Exhibit A looks like some kind of Bay.

Exhibit B is from the ribes family - blackcurrants belong in this group, but yours is probably one of the pretty flowering types.

Exhibit C may be fatsia japonica?

shovetheholly Mon 21-Mar-16 17:01:11

I think, based on the letter E and the leaf shape, exhibit A might be Escallonia?

shovetheholly Mon 21-Mar-16 17:01:55

Exhibit C is definitely a fatsia, as tuiles said.

GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 19:29:35

Thank you both re fatsia. Having looked it up I'm sure you're right.

The leaves of B do look like the ribes family. Will have to see if any berries etc grow. The gardener told me I should cut it back quite short each year, if that makes a difference.

I hope that he itemises each plant in the invoice!

Roystonv Mon 21-Mar-16 19:32:27

Is b a mallow?

ReedBunting Mon 21-Mar-16 19:33:43

A Escallonia
B Hibiscus
C Fatsia

Kr1stina Mon 21-Mar-16 20:01:46

I'm not sure if you want to know this .....

But they won't grow very quickly as they are competing for food and water with all that grass sad

GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 20:17:39

I don't think I need to worry about water since I live in Scotland. wink

I'll feed 'em some delicious plant food every so often to encourage them along.

The grass is turf. Does that make a difference?

Kr1stina Mon 21-Mar-16 20:59:00

Nope , sorry . Turf is just the same as grass grown from seed.

There are lots of articles about planting shrubs and trees in grass

But it's up to you if you like the look . It's very common in parks and on golf courses . It won't kill them, just restrict their growth . And your gardeners will need to use shears to cut the grass around them , because if they use a strimmer it will damage the bark. Which WILL probably kill them .

Once they shrubs get bigger the grass under then will die anyway . Especially evergreens like the escallonia .

Just make sure your fatsia is in a sheltered spot :-)

GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 21:19:19

Interesting read, thanks.

The shrubs (and other trees we've had put in) have a good square of just earth around them (gardeners took out the turf), so the grass won't be right against their bases/trunks. It will be easy to mow around them without touching the trees.

I guess once the roots are deep enough the trees & shrubs will be fine too.

GrouchyKiwi Mon 21-Mar-16 21:21:37

Although I see I missed the bit about how the tree roots spread. blush

Will make sure I add mulch around the bases. There's plenty of space for that before the turf.

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