Plant ID forum: New House, Mystery Garden

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Anna, TX (50 miles north of Da
Sarakay13
Dec 6, 2017 11:53 PM CST
Hello! My husband and I just bought a house and came with a pretty decent garden. I've grown up growing mostly veggies so flowers, plants, and trees are a mystery to me. I need help identifying almost everything as nothing has the tags. I also don't know what is really dead and needs to be dig out, or if it's just the winter weather and will come back in the spring. Eventually I want to make one side flowers, and the other food so any advice moving the plants or leaving them, especially my mystery tree, I feel that one should just stay, but it's also a little close to the house and foundation if it gets big. Anyway, any and all help is much appreciated. This little garden will become my new baby in the spring!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 7, 2017 12:11 AM CST
Hi Sara, Welcome!

First, we need to see some photos of your plants. It would be best if you listed them individually (one plant per thread - we have short attention spans and are easily confused) in the Plant ID Forum.

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Take a photo of the entire plant, leaves, branch structure, trunk, fruits and flowers. Add any comments you can, ie, size, evergreen or deciduous, growing conditions (sun or shade? wet or dry?)...

And we will do our best... Smiling
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Dec 7, 2017 3:37 AM CST
Your 2 landscape pictures look lovely.
#1 appear to be cannas
#2 a rose
Your little tree is a maple and will likely stay on the smaller side.
The others I can't see well enough to tell.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 7, 2017 8:22 AM CST
I called photo #3 the Canna Lily, #4 a rose, #6 Dianthus, #11 maybe more Dianthus, and the Cone Flower looks to go with the label.
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Christine
Dec 7, 2017 9:06 AM CST
You've inherited a lot of nice plants, and you certainly have your work cut out for yourself, challenge is good for the soul Smiling my only advice is dont over whelm yourselves, take one section at a time, you could even start now by cleaning up alot of the dead stuff and it will look a lot better for you to envision what you'll make of it, Congrats on the new house Hurray! and Welcome! to the forum, post pics as you go along...
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terrafirma
Dec 7, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Hi Sarakay, and Welcome!
Congrats on your new home!
I agree with all of the others here, and i'd add that I think the last pic. is a salvia.
Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
Dec 7, 2017 10:06 AM CST
I'd take #8 as a perennial Salvia and agree that #6 is a Dianthus.

Taking over a perennial garden here can be an crushing challenge, but your new garden looks both well organized and has been well maintained.

Have fun, Anna!
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purpleinopp
Dec 7, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Hi & welcome! What an awesome garden! Enjoy!
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Name: Mary
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Pistil
Dec 7, 2017 10:55 AM CST
I think the tree is likely some kind of Japanese Maple, so will not get too big. It will likely need some summer water.
It looks like it has been tightly bound to the stake with the green plastic tie. The white thing looks like it can slide and open with the tree. Tree trunks get thick fast, so you have to be super careful to replace the tie regularly, now might be a good time, or the tree will be "girdled" by it. A "figure 8" tie is generally better as it leaves more room for growth. I am not sure if the tree needs to be staked now that it is established. Staking trees for too long can make the growth weak, the opposite of what you want. I used to live there (Flower Mound and Dallas) and I remember the big winds. I am also not sure about the white protector. It could be for critters, or to prevent sunburn until the tree has enough leaves to shade itself. Since the yard looks fenced I am not sure what critters would be there (Fire Ants will ignore the tree). Probably you should take some photos, and go to your local nursery, and ask what to do next about the stake and the white protector. When removing something that covers bark, winter is a good time to do it so the tree can toughen up and not get sunburn this year.
You lucked out- someone already did a ton of work there!
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 7, 2017 11:33 AM CST
Nice. Nice. Ya got me excited for ya ! Hurray! !👍
Bought your house at good time of year. Everything is fine . To clean-up, trim, shape, and prune.
THEN ! DA DA DA DAAAAH ! 😮😮😮 ?🤔🤔🤔??? Decide, where your gonna put you veggie garden. AND TRANSPLANT ! Perfect time to transplant, and get vege ground preped .

Then, you have a little time to plan, your vege garden. That's, unless your like most of the farmer's, or like me ! Fly your garden, by the seat of your pants . ( Last minute. )
Enjoy 😀👍
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Anna, TX (50 miles north of Da
Sarakay13
Dec 7, 2017 11:37 AM CST
porkpal said:I called photo #3 the Canna Lily, #4 a rose, #6 Dianthus, #11 maybe more Dianthus, and the Cone Flower looks to go with the label.

Thank You! Does #11 look dead and needs to be dug up, or is it just thewintwr wearther that's caused it to turn black and crunchy?

Anna, TX (50 miles north of Da
Sarakay13
Dec 7, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Thank you everyone for you help so far! I'm excited to see what I can turn this into! Picture #9 smells like menthol when you touch the plant; almost like how Vicks vapor rub smells. I'm thinking it's some type of conifer, but I don't know any more.
As for picture #3, what would be the best way to prune/winterize the plant? I see all the leaves that are half dead so I didn't want to start trimming without verifying. I'm all ears I'm all ears!
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purpleinopp
Dec 7, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Unless there is a stump that is left and is preventing you from using the space, dead plants do not need to be dug out. They will decompose over winter and contribute their tilth to the soil.

I would not do anything but observe a new garden at this time of year. There could be dormant bulbs or other surprises that are completely unseen at this time. Some herbaceous summer plants may have already gone dormant for the year.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 7, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Picture #11 doesn't look dead to me. Looks like it just needs the dead leaves racked out of it .
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stone
Dec 7, 2017 12:36 PM CST
Sarakay13 said:Hello! My husband and I just bought a house and came with a pretty decent garden. I've grown up growing mostly veggies so flowers, plants, and trees are a mystery to me. I need help identifying almost everything as nothing has the tags.

Does #11 look dead and needs to be dug up, or is it just thewintwr wearther that's caused it to turn black and crunchy?


Number 11 looks like ruellia... and perfectly normal. best to leave alone.
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canna

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Rose bush

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Japanese maple
Agree with cutting the plastic off soon.

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Dianthus

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coreopsis

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salvia

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tansey?
some kind of Tanacetum...

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echinacea

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ruellia
Possibly Dwarf Katie Ruellia

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salvia

Glad that you have a new garden to be excited about...
in the spring, when the new stuff starts coming up, I hope to see lots of "weed" pictures.... always best to get unknowns identified before culling...

Name: greene
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greene
Dec 7, 2017 12:44 PM CST
I agree with @purpleinopp,
There could be some amazing things popping us when spring arrives at your place.
I would not dig into the soil at all as you might destroy some treasures. Good luck with your garden. Thumbs up
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 7, 2017 1:41 PM CST
#9 looks and sounds like an herb.
#3 looks like a calla lily. It might die back, and come back in spring. If ground freezes , protect it, as most plants, with thick layer of straw or mulch. Otherwise, just cut off at ground they will grow back. You can't hardly kill them, if you wanted to .

Oh ! How severe of winters, do y'all get ???
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Name: Val
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vma4922
Dec 7, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Congrats on your new home!

I wholeheartedly agree with Greene. This is not a good time to start digging and moving things. Some things die back to the ground and you can't see them below the soil level, so you dont know what's there. I would wait til spring and rejoice in what emerges, then take it from there. You could have a pretty amazing garden there, and dont be in such a hurry to move/dig things. I know it's probably exciting to have a new property, but somethings dont even emerge in spring..they take longer....late spring, sometimes summer. Just my 3 cents

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