RobertKleven
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Moved to very neglegted garden, need help (NZ)

Hi, I'm Robert Kleven from New Zealand. We recently moved to a town called "Te Aroha" in a house with what appears to be a heavily landscaped garden. Sadly the garden has been neglegted for an unknown period of time. We've finaly gotten the lawns streightned up a bit and most of the weeds are gone. We've noticed though that most of the plants have grown so big that they no longer fit in the picture so to say. Some even overgrow the paved gardenwalks!

We've never been serious gardeners but don't want to let this garden down as it looks like it has a lot of potential. The plan of action is as following:

- Identify as mutch plants as possible
- Find out if plants that are to big are cloneable or seedable and germinate/regrow so we can pull the big ones out and replace them by seedlings/clones, else buy and plant.

Now this garden is quite big for our habits so we've got a lot of plants to identify, i've gone through the garden and taken pictures before my battery ran out so there's about twice as mutch for me to go through but i thought i'd make a start. I've given as mutch of an description as possible but if u've got any questions I'm happy to go and have a look at the plant in question. I just think this garden deserves a second chance and keen to put a bit of work in it.

I uploaded everything to a picasa album and shared it publicly. I also added the comments in picasa. If u want to tell me anything about a plant in the album please mention the photo number so i know what plant u'r talking about. Any information or tips would be greatly appreciated. The garden has a growing shed with plenty of pots and little thingys available to do some germinating etc.

Link to album

I'll list the identified plants on the topic with tumbnails and details.

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#3: looks like the one you're referring to is a rose of some kind...
#9: probably is an aloe, just not a vera
#12: judging from where you are, probably an acacia of some kind? that or locust
#17 looks like crocosmia - you should be able to divide that (when dormant) by separating the bulbs/corms at the base.
#26: yup elephant ear - colocasia...same genus as taro. the leaf juice - don't know if i'd call it spicy - more like noxious.
#31: looks like a magnolia of some kind

that's all i've got so far.

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I'm not sure exactly what #5 is, but it looks like it could definitely be trimmed back.

#10: definitely trim. I'm sure it would look gorgeous when tamed back :D

#'s 18&19: if I remember right (though I could be wrong so you might want to research it first) ferns usually have a rather shallow root system, so they sould be easy enoigh to dig up. Chopping off the fronds unfortunately won't work.
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Well, I was going to just edit my previous post and ad to it, but I can't find an 'edit' button >_> (not allowed to edit myself? *shrug*) So I'll just continue here.

#21: looks to me like young Whisper Grass. If it IS, then I'd guess it came from the other side of the fence, because that stuff spreads rather quickly.

And of course it ends up that's all I have, hah. Oh well.

Have fun with this! I must say I'm envious. Clean ups like this are what I absolutely adore.
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I'm thinking

#1 = schefflera/ umbrella plant

[url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://www.hplants.com/img/schefflera.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.hplants.com/schefflera.htm&h=319&w=300&sz=87&tbnid=wQNeSz4OXPf8sM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=85&zoom=1&docid=Vtec1QAvvux1wM&sa=X&ei=jDAtT8eVMsXz0gG54eDZCg&ved=0CCQQ9QEwAA&dur=34]schefflera image[/url]

#4 might be freesia

[url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://html.theflowerexpert.com/media/images/mostpopularflowers/morepopularflowers/freesia/freesia.jpg.pagespeed.ce.Whc4Q-7KN-.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/morepopularflowers/freesia&h=377&w=269&sz=15&tbnid=8oMh0LTSt0zRzM:&tbnh=102&tbnw=73&zoom=1&docid=i]freesia image[/url]

5 looks like some kind of evergreen tree. Don't know what, but you should be able to cut it back

8 might be agapanthus/ lily of the nile

[url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://www.botany.com/agapanthus-gr.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.botany.com/agapanthus.html&h=311&w=415&sz=111&tbnid=KYrppY3JaR4l-M:&tbnh=86&tbnw=115&zoom=1&docid=_u0Kq8s34hTcZM&sa=X&ei=hzItT6yyC6ft0gHOlZXuCg&ved=0CDkQ9QEwAQ&dur=1992]agapanthus image[/url]

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Do you know if the shrub in #10 gets red berries in the fall? if so it might be nandina / heavenly bamboo

[url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://www.humeseeds.com/nandina2.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.humeseeds.com/efnand.htm&h=316&w=421&sz=59&tbnid=VUKvwR4AmIx9DM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=122&zoom=1&docid=fEND9c9fMHPBmM&sa=X&ei=sDMtT8-KK-Lh0QH-zIjICg&ved=0CCgQ9QEwAQ&dur=1449]nandina image[/url]

Locust trees have leaves and pods like #12, but so do several other things. Does the tree have thorns?

22 probably some kind of dracaena/ dragon tree, grown as house plant where I am.

23 tree fern

28 & 30 canna lilies

Some of these are guesses, other people might have better answers

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Sorry the formatting didn't work right on the nandina image. Mod will have to fix it, since this isn't letting me edit it... Can't we get editing privileges back yet?
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Yes. 10 is dwarf nandina, 30 is canna, 13 andromeda, 29 is freshia

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Thanks so mutch for all the replies! I've come up with a rough list of the so far (partialy) identified plants. I'm not saying they are the correct identifications, this is just what forum members have told me above put in a little list :) and thanks again for the amount of effort already put in it.

#1 schefflera/umbrella plant
#3 rose
#4 freesia
#8 agapanthus/lily of the nile
#9 aloe
#10 dwarf nandina
#12 acacia or locust(check for thorns)
#13 andromeda
#17 crocosmia
#21 Whisper Grass
#22 dracaena/dragon tree
#23 tree fern
#26 elephant ear/colocasia
#28 canna lillie
#29 freshia
#30 canna lilie
#31 magnolia

It is a lovely garden indeed, but we got our work cut out to get it all "tamed" so to say.

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neglected garden

Hey Robert. Ken here in the Chicago area. You have one heck of a garden
on your hands there. Great group of plants. Your #23 is a tree fern like the
others have said. There are 3 different species of tree fern.

Australian - Cyathea cooperi – has bright green fronds with brownish hairs
on leaf stalks and leaf undersurfaces.

Tasmanian – Dicksonia antarctica – has thick, red-brown, fuzzy trunk. Mature
fronds are more finely cut than Cyathea.

Dicksonia squarrosa – Native to New Zealand. Slender, dark trunk with stiff, leathery
fronds with whitish undersides.

Cyathea likes full sun or partial shade in hottest climates.
The Dicksonias like full sun in cooler climates only. Usually prefer part shade.
I hope this helps. Take care.
Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area

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