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Can you identify this plant?

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Hulababy Sun 05-Jun-16 18:58:45

We have this plant at the side of the garden and it's one of the few that has remained and survived during the building works we are having done.
The rest have been taken out but we need to replace them with some form of spreading shrubs/plants in a partially shaded area.

Can anyone identify which plant this is? I'm thinking we could get more as it seems pretty hardy and spreads without getting tall, etc.

Thank you.

notagiraffe Sun 05-Jun-16 19:00:23

Is it a kind of sedum (semi succulent leaves?)

Cathpot Sun 05-Jun-16 19:03:52


welliesandwine Sun 05-Jun-16 19:05:23

Yep looks like a Hebe to me

welliesandwine Sun 05-Jun-16 19:06:57

There's lots of different types .... Most very hardy ...a lovely plant, wanted to call my daughter Hebe (didn't manage to get my way on that one though )

Hulababy Sun 05-Jun-16 19:07:07

I shall Google both suggestions thanks.

We are not gardeners in any form! The original builders planted these some 11 years back.

Just need something that spreads to cover the space where the old plants were before moving the wall out and many removed, as either hadn't grown well or were damaged.

Hulababy Sun 05-Jun-16 19:07:43

Thank you.

traviata Sun 05-Jun-16 22:52:37

I agree, they look like small-leaved hebes.

If you'd like some low-effort alternatives I'd have a look at hardy geraniums and vinca. You could mix them all up over the whole area.

They need a good watering when you plant them, then they won't really need any more attention at all.

JT05 Mon 06-Jun-16 05:29:21

Perennial geraniums ( Crainsbill ) are fantastic plants for shady, difficult areas. There are at least 100 varieties, ranging in colour from white through pink shades to dark purple, with interesting leaves. The plant sizes range from quite petite, 10cms to those that grow 60 x60 cams. Some can spread and are good ground cover, some have a delicate scent.
They need little attention, a light prune after flowering, they are easy to divide for more plants.
I really got into them when I had a large, shady part of the garden to fill. Most people I knew had a version in their garden, so they gave me a root or two. Now I have a lovely collection, most reminders of friends.

MysteriesOfTheOrganism Mon 06-Jun-16 05:38:30

Yeh, definitely hebe. There are lots of different varieties with different leaves (plain, variegated), different colours and flowering times. Great shrubs!

Hulababy Mon 06-Jun-16 18:12:59

Thank you all.
Once the back garden has been completed, hopefully in next week or two, I can get some more ordered. And I will look at the suggestions for the geraniums and vinca to mix in the area to give it some variety.
Hardy and low maintenance is good smile I'm not a gardener at all, ha! Hence why the new back garden will be deck and artificial grass, with just a few low maintenance pots to go alongside it.

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