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11/08/2013 at 19:51

I have three flowers which im not sure what they are. Im also not sure on when to prune and how severely I need to prune them. Here they are:


11/08/2013 at 20:30

Hi Glyn

2nd are hollyhocks - just cut the flower spikes to the ground when they are finished flowering.  They will die back in winter and reappear next spring.

Can't see 1st, 3rd looks like some sort of helianthus, but not 100% sure.  Others will know

11/08/2013 at 20:33

Thanks chicky, the flowers in the first picture are like long white stems with small red flowering heads. The petals have nearly dropped off all of them now.

11/08/2013 at 21:16

2nd one looks like hollyhock

11/08/2013 at 21:30

did the first one look like this in flower?

11/08/2013 at 21:36

1st looks like Astrantia and 3rd one could be Coreopsis.

Hollyhock for 2nd one. 

All will die back for winter Glyn. 

11/08/2013 at 22:05

1. I believe is Knautia macedonica. ...with the grey look to the leaves and red Scabiosa type flowers.

11/08/2013 at 22:57

1. Knautia macedonica

2. Hollyhock

3. Rudbeckia ? laciniata

Cut them all back when they've finished flowering. If you cut the knautia to half it's height it may grow back and make some more flowers.

12/08/2013 at 08:27

Many thanks everyone for your answers. At least I know what I'm dealing with now!

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