hlep me indentify these plants/weeds/trees part IV

tnkrerMay 31, 2011

More and more unknown plants .. I have to keep going for few more threads .. Thanks for your help ..

The irises are in full bloom (also have some Siberian irises that have bloomed and some Japanese that have not.)


These tall plants have popped up in the garden. Don't know what they are .. (sorry the photo is not in the right orientation)


closeup of the foliage (sorry the photo is not in the right orientation)


The edge of the garden is this grass/weed ? What is it? Pulling it out will effectively kill it for next season? (sorry the photo is not in the right orientation)


Another plant in the bed .. not widespread .. but dont know what it is


few more of these .. Probably weeding work for me :(


Then on the edge of the property .. here are some other plants .. probably voluntaries .. don't know what they are

white flowers




These get nice blue flowers later.


Dont know if these flower or not


This variagated ground cover is popping up from under the ivy. What is it? Will it grow in shade with my veriagated periwinkle?


Another ground cover next to the pachysandras. I like this .. It dies in winter and comes back in spring


And couple of trees at the border .. voluntaries, don't know these either. One flowers, the other doesn't

Flowering kind


Non-flowering kind





phew .. now I think most of the plants I wanted to know about are photographed/uploaded/posted in the thread. (There are probably 50 kinds of weed in the lawn that I may/may not seek information about later :) )

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1) Your irises are absolutely lovely. That is what they are supposed to look like. Gorgeous.

2&3) Definitely a weed, though the name is escaping me right now. Since they are so big and tall, hand pulling is your best bet.

4) Also a weed. Could probably be taken care of with some round up.

9) Looks like a hydrangea. Are the blue flowers - do they kinda look like big blue snow balls? If so - that is hydrangea. The color can change due to acidity of the soil.

  1. I'm not sure what it is, but it has shown up in my shade garden on it's own. It's been there for 2 years now and hasn't flowered. But I like the visual interest, so I leave it.

  2. Looks like some type of apple/crabapple volunteer. Does it make any small fruits in the fall? Though it may still be too young to.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 5:25PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

7/8) looks like lilac

  1. leucothoe
    11)euonymus, maybe 'emerald gaiety'?
  2. looks like bishop's weed, aegopodium. this one is actually sold in garden center's though so don't let the name fool you. it is a spreader and gets queen anne's lace-like flowers
    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 8:56PM
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These threads are so fun for a plant nerd like me!

2&3 Curly dock, a weed with a tap root, so dig out with a tool that is narrow and deep like a dandelion digger.
4 sorrel, a weed with fine underground runners. Have to weed often and as completely as possible to get rid of it as it resprouts from roots that break off or Roundup works on it relatively well. Pull before it goes to seed (tall stalks currently on it are either blooms or seeds)
5 False Solomon's seal (Smilacina racemosa), a nice wildflower. Will slowly increase if you let the berries develop.
6 I'd guess a weed (but not sure) since I have a weed that comes up in my garden that looks similar
7 & 8 Lilac - should have scent
9 Hydrangea probably
10 Leucothoe

  1. Euonymous- keep an eye on it and prune where you don't want it as it will spread, but not rapidly
    12 Gout weed or Bishop's weed (Aegopodium)- will spread and is hard to remove since will sprout from any little root. If not contained I would consider taking Round-up to it before it gets totally out of hand (though you will have to keep the Roundup off other plants as it will kill them also)
    13 Apple most probably or crabapple
    14 Musclewood AKA Amaerican hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) Nice small native tree
    15 Not sure, but if a pair leaves come off exactly opposite each other on the stem, it's a native viburnum, but I can't remember which off the top of my head
    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 10:40PM
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4 - sorrel is a weed? It's so much better than spinach. We grow it at the end of the garden and make sorrel borsch out of it. Eat it raw as well... has a kind of sour taste.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 4:56PM
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There is garden sorrel with large leaves and wild sorrel AKA sheep sorrel with tiny leaves and a serious habit of spreading by underground runners and seed. They may or may not be related (the wild one is Rumex acetosella) but they aren't the same plant at all!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 7:45AM
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squirejohn zone4 VT

#6 - One of the Avens? Geum sp.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 8:14AM
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