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Crepe Myrtle (lagerstroemia indica): This appears to be Lagerstroemia indica, Crepe (or Crape) Myrtle from China, Korea, Japan and India. It is a deciduous tree with a beautiful smooth trunk and pink, purple or white flowers in summer. It is frost tolerant and prefers full sun. It grows approximately 6mx6m.  Probably the best advice we could give you is to mow them - as you have probably been doing. Some landscapers do apply a synthetic plant regulator but am not sure what is available for…

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Crepe Myrtle (lagerstroemia indica): This appears to be Lagerstroemia indica, Crepe (or Crape) Myrtle from China, Korea, Japan and India. It is a deciduous tree with a beautiful smooth trunk and pink, purple or white flowers in summer. It is frost tolerant and prefers full sun. It grows approximately 6mx6m. Probably the best advice we could give you is to mow them - as you have probably been doing. Some landscapers do apply a synthetic plant regulator but am not sure what is available for…

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Purple Foxgloves (digitalis purpurea): Digitalis purpurea (foxglove, common foxglove, purple foxglove or lady's glove) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Digitalis, in the family Plantaginaceae, native and widespread throughout most of temperate Europe. It is also naturalised in parts of North America and some other temperate regions. The plants are well known as the original source of the heart medicine digoxin (also called digitalis or digitalin)…

Pork And Beans (sedum rubrotinctum): Your plant is likely a Sedum, prized for its fat leaves often tinted red at the tips. Same care as previously described for the Echeveria.

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Pork And Beans (sedum rubrotinctum): Your plant is likely a Sedum, prized for its fat leaves often tinted red at the tips. Same care as previously described for the Echeveria.

Crape Myrtle (lagerstroemia): This appears to be a crape myrtle, a deciduous tree or shrub noted for large flower clusters all summer and handsome bark. Best in full sun with regular water and fertilize in spring and summer. There are many cultivars in many different colors and all are beautiful.

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Crape Myrtle (lagerstroemia): This appears to be a crape myrtle, a deciduous tree or shrub noted for large flower clusters all summer and handsome bark. Best in full sun with regular water and fertilize in spring and summer. There are many cultivars in many different colors and all are beautiful.

Wild Rose (rosa woodsii): Wild Roses are found in open woods, prairies and grasslands, bluffs, near river banks, and road sides. To find one with rose hips still intact in spring isn't common. They are a favorite wildlife food!

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Wild Rose (rosa woodsii): Wild Roses are found in open woods, prairies and grasslands, bluffs, near river banks, and road sides. To find one with rose hips still intact in spring isn't common. They are a favorite wildlife food!

Moth Mullein (verbascum blattaria): This appears to be Moth Mullein, also commonly called Slippery Mullein. It is a biennial garden flower/herb/weed native in Eurasia. White-flowered versions exist, though normally the flowers are deep yellow. The first year it makes leaves only; the second year, it dies after flowering and setting seeds. Can grow in sun or part shade.  Happy Gardening!

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Moth Mullein (verbascum blattaria): This appears to be Moth Mullein, also commonly called Slippery Mullein. It is a biennial garden flower/herb/weed native in Eurasia. White-flowered versions exist, though normally the flowers are deep yellow. The first year it makes leaves only; the second year, it dies after flowering and setting seeds. Can grow in sun or part shade. Happy Gardening!

Japanese Anemone (anemone x hybrida): White or pink flowers on tall stems in mid- to late summer or fall. These grow best in part sun with regular soil moisture but once established have shown to do well even in some dry shade too. They increase and create colonies.

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Japanese Anemone (anemone x hybrida): White or pink flowers on tall stems in mid- to late summer or fall. These grow best in part sun with regular soil moisture but once established have shown to do well even in some dry shade too. They increase and create colonies.

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Natal Grass (melinis repens): Melinis repens is a species of grass known by the common names rose Natal grass, or simply Natal grass, and Natal red top. It is native to southern Africa but it is well known on other continents, including North America and Australia, as an introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed. It is an annual or perennial grass which may grow up to a meter tall, its growth rate dependent on temperature. The inflorescence is an open array of branches bearing…

Maidenhair Fern (adiantum capillusveneris): Maidenhair ferns look very delicate but many are quite tough.  They grow best in bright, indirect light, like that of a north or east facing window.  They prefer high humidity,  but don't let the soil get soggy as this may lead to root rot.  Water when the soil surface feels dry to the touch. Outdoors needs shade and regular water.  It is difficult to see all the details of this fern from the photo provided.  It is a little bit too far away, so if…

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Maidenhair Fern (adiantum capillusveneris): Maidenhair ferns look very delicate but many are quite tough. They grow best in bright, indirect light, like that of a north or east facing window. They prefer high humidity, but don't let the soil get soggy as this may lead to root rot. Water when the soil surface feels dry to the touch. Outdoors needs shade and regular water. It is difficult to see all the details of this fern from the photo provided. It is a little bit too far away, so if…

Heavenly Bamboo (nandina domestica): Your shrub appears to be heavenly bamboo, a fine-textured broadleaved evergreen. In the spring there are white clusters of flowers followed by fall or winter berries. All parts of the plant are toxic and potentially deadly. Don't eat the berries, but birds love them. New foliage emerges in pinkish and reddish hues and may turn a bright red in winter. Does best in full or partial sun and regular water during the growth, bloom cycles and reduce water in…

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Heavenly Bamboo (nandina domestica): Your shrub appears to be heavenly bamboo, a fine-textured broadleaved evergreen. In the spring there are white clusters of flowers followed by fall or winter berries. All parts of the plant are toxic and potentially deadly. Don't eat the berries, but birds love them. New foliage emerges in pinkish and reddish hues and may turn a bright red in winter. Does best in full or partial sun and regular water during the growth, bloom cycles and reduce water in…

Wisteria Vine (wisteria): This is a Wisteria, a strong, beautiful climber that can exceed 20 feet in height and width. The flowers are produced in long hanging "racemes, " up to 16 inches long and are purple, violet, pink or white. The flowers of some species are fragrant, most notably Chinese Wisteria and Japanese Wisteria. The seeds are produced in long pods, but note they are toxic when ingested. Does best in full sun with regular water during its growth and bloom cycles. When dormant…

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Wisteria Vine (wisteria): This is a Wisteria, a strong, beautiful climber that can exceed 20 feet in height and width. The flowers are produced in long hanging "racemes, " up to 16 inches long and are purple, violet, pink or white. The flowers of some species are fragrant, most notably Chinese Wisteria and Japanese Wisteria. The seeds are produced in long pods, but note they are toxic when ingested. Does best in full sun with regular water during its growth and bloom cycles. When dormant…

Fancy Purslane (portulaca umbraticola): Many different cultivars now available with larger flowers in a rainbow of colors. Good for small area annual ground cover, hanging baskets, or spilling out of mixed containers. Portulacas demand well-drained soil. If your soil is mostly clay, you should grow your portulacas in containers rather than try to turn the clay into soil they will tolerate. They are drought tolerant, but they aren’t cacti. The plants will tolerate periods of dryness but…

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Fancy Purslane (portulaca umbraticola): Many different cultivars now available with larger flowers in a rainbow of colors. Good for small area annual ground cover, hanging baskets, or spilling out of mixed containers. Portulacas demand well-drained soil. If your soil is mostly clay, you should grow your portulacas in containers rather than try to turn the clay into soil they will tolerate. They are drought tolerant, but they aren’t cacti. The plants will tolerate periods of dryness but…