the bottom one is Linaria purpurea
the first does look like a fuchsia but they're not plants I know well
weeds are always there, weeding is a major part of gardening. pull them up, use a hoe. Weedkillers aren't the way forward, once you get plants in they'll kill the plants as well.
I think it's amsonia.
Susan, is this your plant or did you see it somewhere else and assume it was a shrub?
No thunder yet but otherwise the same as Dove but a few hours behind.
Very dark and I have garden withdrawal symptoms.
My first thought was Amsonia tabernaemontana but that's not a shrub.
Is this really a shrub?
I should think it will be happy to just stretch its legs. A bit of general purpose fertilizer (not a high nitrogen one) would do nicely.
Not tricky at all. Do best in a bit of shade
paeonies are large plants with large root. A 6'' pot is nowhere near big enough. Plant them out, speak to them nicely and they should do better