Doper Botanists : Front and Center!

My third thread started within an hour. I’m just a busy little bee today.

I’ll make it short - I have a whole bunch of plants in the yard at my new house. I’d love to know what some of them are. If I can link to photographs of said plants, photographs that I take with my digital camera - can I expect some help identifying them?

Can’t speak for the botanists, but the gardeners love this game.

I guess I’ll have to take a chance on the gardeners being there for me, then.


Have no fear, we’ll be elbowing each other out of the way to ID the plants – and offer care tips and other commentary.

Got the pictures, will try to post them by sometime Friday (need to crop them so I don’t tax my webhosting bandwidth limit.)

There’s the first, a Rose. Rather than post each and every link, let me say there are 16 of them, following the naming pattern : ‘FloraSmall0xx.jpg’ - and one or two of the plants got repeated pictures so as to best capture the details.

Let me know what they are! :slight_smile:

Picture #2 is a variety of Hosta.

3 is also a hosta.

4 & 5 are a mountain laurel – congrats! they can be hard to get established. State flower of both PA and Conn., btw.

7 is honeysuckle – smells wonderful, doesn’t it? Keep an eye on it, it can get out of control.

11 – dunno, but it might be a weed

13 – pretty! is it fragrant? don’t know it.

16 looks like a weed (thistle) to me.

I’m weak on bushes and shrubs, sorry.

Could 15 be a small yucca plant?

I was thinking the same thing, Faerie Beth – whatever it is, the small-leaved stuff around the base is a weed and needs to be cleared out.

There are ornamental thistle varieties. Even the despised Scotch thistle came to America as an ornamental.
The previous owner looks to have been good with plants, and may have planted thistle on purpose. That, by definition, would make it not a weed.

6 looks like honeysuckle also.

Especially the Ground Ivy.
14 might be a variety of Mock Orange. They come in many shapes and sizes.

10 looks like Pokeweed with Poison Ivy behind it.

I thought I espied a mock orange too - should give lovely white blossom - and your hostas look really healthy - you may get a flower out of them but thet’re really foliage plants.

Can I point you to this friendly community for advice support and ideas - they were very nice to me.

  1. Rose. Difficult to determine variety, as there are just so many of them. Closes to ‘Alpine Sunset’ in my book.

  2. Hosta. Possibly a variety called ‘wide brim’

  3. Another Hosta. Perhaps venusta

  4. Choisya (Mexican Orange Blossom)

5 - Kalmia (Calico Bush)

6 - not sure - I’d like to see those flowers a little closer (or do they belong to 7?)

7 - honeysuckle

8 - Cymbalaria muralis (Ivy-Leaved Toadflax)

9 - Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose)

10 - dunno - possibly Impatiens glandulifera (himalayan Balsam) - if it is, then the flowers will be white-pink and shaped sort of like easter bonnets, and the seed pods will pop when you touch them.

11 - Philadelphus (Mock Orange)

back for the rest in a moment

12- 14 - the pink one looks like weigelia spiraea - the white ones, well, there’s another mock orange in there, I think, plust perhaps a clematis - unable to make out the flowers properly - it might just be more of the mock orange.

15 that’s a yucca - it’s about to flower.

16 - the rather aptly-named tall thistle - a weed, by most people’s defintion.

Actually, hang fire on 16 - it may not be a weed - it might be Cardoon - still a thistle, but a cultivated one, usually grown as an ornamental, but used to be grown for the table.

13 is a weigelia, 15 is absolutely a yucca and 16 would be getting some Roundup at my house. It’s a thistle of some kind and I don’t tolerate thistles well.

Off to look at more pictures.

#8 sure looks like an Oenothera, but the bloom time is too early for O. biennis. Bloom time is right for O. fruticosa, but the serrated leaf edges don’t jibe with the O. fruticosa I know.

The Philadelphus, aka Mock Orange, should be fragrant. In any case, the poor thing is being overshadowed by its neighbors.

The thistle looks more like a weedy thistle (don’t get me wrong, I love thistles), and not cardoon. Cardoon has more massive, grayish leaves.

I have a soft spot for Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, too. They fall under the weed umbrella, but, look fantastic in fall, with drooping purple fall berries that birds adore. That’s probably who planted yours, as well.