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Hi guys, I have a new home and am looking at taking out plants and replacing them with more wildlife friendly shrubs. I'd love to plant pear, mt ash, buddleia. But I need advice as to which plants could go.


Here are my mystery plants/shrubs:






 many thanks for looking




Hi Jesse -

1 is Escallonia

2 is Rhododendron

3 and 5 are Pieris - 2 different varieties

4 is Euonymous  

5 is Choisya

Thanks Fairygirl. The only one I like is the red leaved Pieris. The last picture. I'd love to take out the others.


if you don't like them I'd get rid of them Jesse.  It's all down to personal taste. I like that little variegated euonymus, it's very reliable as a low shrub. I like choisya, it's a fresh green and I like the smell of the leaves, many people don't. Not too keen on escallonia and can't grow the other 2 here. 

and this one drives me mad, takes up space where I could grow something much nicer. Really not a fan of it. Previous owners taste in plants not mine at all. Thanks  nutcutlet, I heard Monty Don say that recently, its all personal taste. 




ah, google says calla lily. mmm..


Out they go then

Bring in the buddleia, lavender, oregano/marjorum. Crocus and pulmonaria for the early bees. Snowdrops and hellebores to cheer you up when winter has gone on too long. There's lots of good stuff out there. Your gardens's previous owner just lacked imagination

Great minds think alike. This is my first garden so Im a wee bit apprehensive, but thery're going. Going in over the next few weeks:

Daffodils, crocus, snowdrop, hellebores, the pink buddleia, probably a pear tree and then some box in the front as a nice border. Just need to find something less dark to replace some of them conifers. 

I think I'll clear out the two boxed areas in the back too, maybe a nice bird table in one with some bedded plants and ? in the other. (that lily is creepy). So many dark, dull shrubs to come out. I'm very grateful for your advice. guess i cant dislike it anymore than i do now. good job the house was nice



If you haven't already, perhaps give it time. I was lucky enough to inherit what turned out to be a cracking garden. I moved in a November so the first year was a voyage of discovery. As the year moved on a new plant would flower or pop up from the ground and it was great fun working out what they all were. Anyway, to get to my point. I started off hating Sedum. 18 months later I found myself planting more. If you give it a while, some might win you over.


Not a gardener's garden is it 

You can soon liven that up

Hi Jesse2501

hope your plans for your new garden go well! We inherited japanese knotweed in our new garden 18 months ago but have it under control & almost gone! Maybe ask your neighbours if they want the plants you're thinking of ousting? Have had some nice cuttings etc from my new neighbours since moving in - gardening is a good ice breaker. best wishes

well, i can see my garden in my mind, i just need a bit of luck with the soil compatibilty etc. fingers crossed.

Thanks Mowmymoss, but I spend my weekends birdwatching and looking at lovely natural flora out in the countryside, then come back to these depressing looking beasts. I watched carefully to see if anything nice would pop up but alas, it stayed much the same. But I do get your point, i will consider before i cut. It has been bugging me all spring and summer though. 

thanks everybody.   ** I need some colour**  

Hi Dolgarrog, my neighbours are lovely. They have plum tress, lilac and mt ash/rown for the birds. They agree the previous owner was neat and tidy but can see I'm not impressed with the sea of evergreen, particularly them conifers. I  moved in last Jan, so Im nearly putting up with it a year now. I got the cameras out this eve in the hope of advice on here, and Im very grateful. Cheers.

Never really had a garden before the one I have now. Two of my favourites that appeared are Rudbeckia and Crocosmia. Great colour.

Agree with the conifers. Mine are long gone.


That crocosmia is lovely. Love the crimson red. Thanks for the suggestions. Lovely colours

them conifers are wasp magnets, especially when i prune them. And theyre useless for birds. I think the suggestion of winter honeysuckle is brilliant. (Conifers and rhode are not nice IMO). 

think monty did crocosmia last week?


Although many of those plants are not to your taste, they are some lovely specimens. Why don't you put them on freegle a recycling web site and they will have new homes and you won't have to dump them - worth a try and you will get some help digging them up too!

Thomas Wilkinson2

Have those calla lillies ever flowered for you? I've been having trouble with one for a while now. Really nice flowers when they do.. shame..