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 please could you tell me what the plant in the background is (could be sweet pea climber) the spikey plant and the plant in the foreground please.


Hiya laura

The spikey yellow flowered plant is Mahonia.  

It needs quite a lot of room to do it justice though.  It's quite an architectural plant when given space.  


gardenning granny

Hello Laura

I think the one at the back, the spikey one, is mahonia - the Oregon Grape, and the one at the front looks like euphorbia - a useful but rather boring plant which spreads like crazy but can be easily controlled just by digging out.  I have the euphorbia in a shady spot where not much else wants to grow, bnut there are much nicer euphorbias to be had, with interesting flower heads.  I can't see what you think might be a sweet pea.


I think that's Euphorbia amygdaloides robbiae. Attractive in its season but a bit invasive. maybe a big bit invasive.

Like gg, I can't see anything that looks like a sweet pea or one of those perennial sweet peas. Could you do another photo focussing on the climber?


Verdun is spot on. Plant at the back is Mahonia. Not sure about Euphorbia GG, mine is a lot paler in leaf colour, but I only have the one, so no expert 


once there was a sweet pea climber at the back, it was very over grown so I dug it up a few years ago though I had got most of it out but there is new shoots of some thing unsure as to what it is, that's a good help with the other plants thank you


The perennial sweet pea is one of those plants that you dig up but it's still there. 

gardenning granny

Kef, there are loads of different euphorbias - from the little ones, to the big majestic ones (Chariacas).  I even have one called Jimmy Platt whose flowers give off the scent of fresh coffee on a sunny day!  Then there is a little one that's almost a succulent, euphorbia myrsinites, that I grew from seed and hangs down over a low wall.  Most of them do well in hot, dry conditions - and some are biennial.....there's even  a prickly cactus-like one - sorry I can't remember all the names at the moment.  Once you get into euphorbias there is a huge range to choose from.

Hey, who cut off my reply above?  And the

Thanks nu....  Ha ha 

gardenning granny

sorry Verdun - I think we were both replying at the same moment and got the poor old system confused as to who got there first.

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