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You can hack privet back really hard and it will come back. The further you cut it back the more likely it is to fill in the sides, but cut the sides back as well.
That's Acanthus mollis. Mine has never looked so good in spring as it does this year
Geranium lucidum, if you grow it hard it goes a lovely red after flowering.
What is it Mikey?
Well done Marion, I hope you're successful
That's very precise Edd.
Any idea what I could do to increase my chances of growing one. I'd really like one of the pale apricot/pinky/whitish sort
I've never seen anything like that. Take a photo and let us see
Has it got one of those flattened looking stems that looks like more than one stuck together?
Chaenomeles, aka flowering quince or something like that. I love those but they never do well for me
Why might you worry?
could you call it a bee house instead of a bird house. It's all supporting the garden wildlife