A parental donation of plants

My parents have retired to a lovely detatched house with a fairly large garden. I mean, don't go picturing Chatsworth or something: "large" is used relative to my own experience of living in more urban or suburban environments, and my current small outdoor plot in the fairly inner city. Theirs is not some kind of manor house estate, but nevertheless large and well established enough to have plenty of vigorous things which could be split off and donated to my little starter project.

In the immediate term, the side bed saw the biggest impact.

Side bed with dotted loosestrife, St Johns wort and nigella added

On the right, two or three wannabe-trees and one ex-tree were removed, and replaced by two sprigs of St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum). Not only more colourful for me, but offering flowers and fruits to insect and bird life, where the previous wannabe-trees had provided no such value, and could never have grown properly to provide the value they are supposed to as species. I am told this will grow very vigorously into a shrub which easily fills out that corner and screens the outhouse as the previous wannabe-trees did.

On the left, a chunk of Lysimachia punctata, or large yellow loosestrife, with a few other bits growing from the same block of turf which snuck in like stowaways. I am told these are similarly vigorous and will spread rapidly given half a chance. Since they're super colourful and cheerful and I certainly don't want to be paying full whack to plant every centimetre of flowerbed, that's absolutely fine with me.

Here's another look, now with the acanthus from the back bed also newly transplanted into the side bed:

Acanthus mollis moved to the side bed

Scarcely discernible in the photo above there are also a few small Nigella damascena in front of the St John's wort, and not at all discernible, the cracks in the wall have been partly filled with soil and Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican fleabane) seeds. My first and so far only attempt to grow anything from seed.

The front bed gets an actual Mexican fleabane plant:

Mexican fleabane in the front bed

As well as some plumbago, a primrose and probably something else I've forgotten the name of. Most of these are small little shoots, not currently flowering, so make little visual impact initially and as such I fail to photograph them.

The back bed gets a Japanese quince, also all-but-invisible in photographs, while the trellis beds get some climbers. But I haven't actually mentioned the trellises at all yet. That can wait for a future chapter when there is something to see.