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Old 04-20-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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I personally don't believe in the concept of "weeds." It's a social construct. All of those plants you posted are beautiful. Am surprised you would want to get rid of them. Hope you keep them.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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Wow!
Congrats on the new home.

Your area looks like my neck of the woods... are you surrounded by "woodland" too??? Similar to Sherwood forest?

Mine has shady plants as well...
The lily of the valley,
the iris (Siberian or "bearded" iris),
While I don't have cherry laurel, I have mountain laurel,
Don't know what #4 is... but is the taller "tree / shrub" above lilac???
Have some peonies as well, pink ones...
Don't know what 7 is as well???
Have the Hydrangea as well... just planted
Sure #9 couldn't be Azaleas???
#10 I do think like Rtom said... could be off shoots of Lilacs??? At least the leaves are quite close to those of Lilac.

Love the partial sun loving plants that thrive under z mighty canopy of 100 yr old great oak trees...

Like someone else said... wait till they flower to determine what you have.
To buy established plants can put a hole in the pockets.
Like you... I too am enjoying my new home and the many good surprises it brings.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Just hopping on the bandwagon, ID has already been done. Those plants have all been planted intentionally and for a reason. It looks as though you have plantings that will have color in Spring and early to mid-Summer, anyway.

I'd take a good look at the laurel/rhododendren and maybe cut it back. They will often rejuvenate.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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Rhododendrons are some of my all time favorite flowers - we used to go to some beautiful Rhododendon gardens in the Lake District in England when I was a kid, and I've loved them ever since. We actually have a lot of those at the new house too.... mostly being choked by a wall of ugly pine trees that the previous owner put in for privacy. Those are definitely coming out!

Why would we get rid of honeysuckle? I love it! Is there an issue with it I don't know about?

Thanks again all!
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Rhododendrons are some of my all time favorite flowers - we used to go to some beautiful Rhododendon gardens in the Lake District in England when I was a kid, and I've loved them ever since. We actually have a lot of those at the new house too.... mostly being choked by a wall of ugly pine trees that the previous owner put in for privacy. Those are definitely coming out!

Why would we get rid of honeysuckle? I love it! Is there an issue with it I don't know about?

Thanks again all!
I'm in Sherwood. There are types of honeysuckle which are invasive in the US. Amur honeysuckle and a type of vining honeysuckle are particular problems in my area. The Amurs choke out native vegetation, and the climbing ones strangle trees. The invasive ones are usually fragrant, which I suspect is why the original buyers planted them in the first place. I'm in the process of rescuing my bit of woodland from the vines. Sadly, these and oriental bittersweet (which I saw for sale in a catalog recently *shock*) already killed or severely damaged a few native trees.

There are native honeysuckles which are beneficial to local wildlife and which can coexist peacefully w/ the local flora. I bought a cultivar called "Major Wheeler," I believe. It has tubular red flowers which are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, but it is scentless as far as I know.

BTW Lucky OP...you got a lot of awesome plants.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:32 PM
 
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2. Bearded Iris -judging by the other plants this seems to be on schedule for your area (mine are finishing up) and too early for Siberian Iris. The thicker leaves and what appears to be a surface rhizome gives it away. Siberian are later blooming than bearded and have relatively narrower leaves. Both kinds come in all shades not just purple but yours appears to be purple/blue. It's rare it see just one piece like that unless it was recently divided and replanted. The owner may have divided plants to take pieces with her before moving put last year. This one will gradually multiply on its own and each year produce more flowers.


4. Spirea You'll know the type once it blooms. Different types have different colors and shapes to the flowers. I'd guess it might be Japanese or Bumalda.

10. lilac (bush) plus off shoots is what it most resembles, but you'll have to wait for the flowers to be sure. Pictures can be deceptive.

Honeysuckle as a cultivated variety is probably not going to be an issue but there are many invasive imports that have been known to take over and choke out other plants by growing rapidly, hanging over other plants and reseeding itself like crazy. If you have a ton of "babies" growing around it (same leaf) this may be an indication of one you don't want to keep. With each year they are left in the ground they become harder to eradicate.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I'll make this short.
Whatever #1 is, I'd remove it and replace with mulch.
Take care of that tree.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Number #1 is a type of small white lily. I've never seen it listed as invasive but perhaps it is.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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1. Convallaria majalis - Lily-of-the-valley (flower smells great)
2. Some type of iris.
3. Prunus laurocerasus (cherry laurel)
4. Wait til it flowers (if it had yellow flowers, then it's probably forsythia).
Exactly...naturalized lily of the valley....in mass they smell great...replant the iris....trim the forsthia,
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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As mentioned, #1 is Lily of the Valley. Not invaxive, really, and easily controlled.

I wonder how trees survived before we mulched them?
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