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I think I'd grow them on in pots for a while before planting them out. I grow shrubs and trees from seed and don't plant them out for at least a year, often more
In what way is it struggling? Can you post a photo?
I doubt if things will improve. Do you actually want it leaning over your lawn?
Nothing lives for ever Des, it's not like to be anything you've done. Judging by the thickness of the trunk that plant has been around a very long time
I would choose something more suitable for the bank and have the heathers in potted ericaceous compost
Yes, I'd say astilbe,
meadow sweet has a larger, coarser look.
Maybe Verdun misled by the root showing as a branched white stalk. I was. It's easier to give a correct ID if a plant is left as it is and photographed from different angles
I don't think it's bay. If it is it's in big trouble. A sniff of a squeezed leaf will tell you.
I feel sorry for that little aubrieta
What I also see is a creeping buttercup. I'd get those out asap