What's this plant?

AFishCalledAmyAugust 21, 2014

This is the second of the plants in my garden I'm not sure about. If you could let me know what it is and how to care for it that would be great. It is very overgrown so how and when is the best time to cut it back?

Thanks!

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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Looks like something in the mallow/hibiscus clan....profile shot (of whole plant) and close up of leaves, pls ?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 7:15AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

what happened to wanda???

looks like rose of Sharon ... the family noted in the prior ....

it would be better.. for pix.. to position the sun behind you ... such shining thru the flower makes it difficult ...

also ... let us know where you are ... sometimes it matters ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 8:23AM
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jeserfen

I am no expert (far from it) but there was a HUGE one in our yard when we moved in and I cut it to the ground in early spring and it came back early summer and still bloomed.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 9:07AM
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AFishCalledAmy

Thanks for your help so far... The sun has gone in now so hopefully this is a better pic of the flower. I'm in the UK near London.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 11:57AM
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AFishCalledAmy

Here are the leaves

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 12:01PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Yes, much better and more distinguishable.
I'm afraid I don't have a 100% id, but I think it may be a lavatera. If that's true, it dies down in the fall/winter, which would be the best time to deal with it. I bet with these better pics someone else will come along with a sure id.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 1:12PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It's Lavatera olbia - a common plant in UK gardens aka Tree Mallow. They are semi evergreen in mild gardens and probably totally evergreen, if a bit ratty, in London.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 12:02PM
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