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
Have a look inside. If it's full of growing mint roots you might be wise to start again
Yes I think you're right about the root, Leif
That threw me for a minute
If it's in a bog garden it might be an astilbe but it looks a bit yellow.