We moved into our house two years ago and inherited numerous weeds
Kent, United Kingdom
Need help to ID two shrubs please!
We moved into our house two years ago and inherited numerous weeds (some of which were six feet high in places). We know very little about gardening and are bumbling along getting our garden in order gradually.
We have a couple of shrubs in our front garden which were choked with weeds when we moved in. We removed the weeds and have let the plants do their own thing for a year to try to determine whether they need to be pruned, removed etc.
The shrubs seem to be healthy but, as complete novices, we don't know what they are or when/if they should be pruned or fed or generally maintained.
One of the shrubs - the pale yellow/creamy flowered one - seems to me to be a bit "leggy" so I assume it needs pruning but I don't want to do it at the wrong time of year and kill it! It didn't seem to lose many (if any) leaves in the winter. I was waiting for that to happen to give me a hint about pruning times! I've put on two photos - one showing a close up of leaves and flowers and one showing it's "legginess" and general shape at the moment. It stands around 4.5 to 5 feet high at the moment.
The red shrub seems to be spreading sideways - should it be trained upwards and if so how high is it likely to get?
With both shrubs I need to know how to maintain them and when, if at all, to prune.
Thank you so much for your help.
- 20 Mar, 2011