I have come to live in the US from England and in my English Garden I had a low growing variegated leaf plant with had small white flowers. The name sounded like hutonya or huntonia but I cannot seem to find one here. It is good for ground cover and very pretty purple variegated leaves. Please have you any idea of the name.
I think you may be referring to chameleon plant (Houittuynia). This sounds similar to the ground cover you are describing. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/chameleon-plant/grow-chameleon-ground-cover.htm
Hello, The woman who used to own our house was a horticulturalist. She planted a lot of no or low maintenance plants. I have a few that seem to come back every year and do really well. I don't know what they are.would you be able to help me identify them please?
The first is called Houttuynia cordata, or the Chameleon plant. The Second is a type of Sedum, and would be hard to tell which until it flowers.
I have tried herbicide thinking it was dead but returned in spring
This is quite the task, isn't it!? This article will help you to control the rampant weed:
I have a 12-ft x 12-ft area in my front yard that has been taken over by Houttuynia Cordata. I have read that it is a very difficult plant to eradicate and it is now surrounding a two-year old Japanese Maple tree that I treasure - really want to keep safe. Is landscape vinegar a possibility? Digging it out will kill the maple tree. What if I carefully cut it off and cover the area with black plastic - except for around the maple drip-line?
It won't harm the Maple. The feeder roots are too deep and far from the surface to be affected by Houttuynia. Unfortunately, killing it off will mean causing harm to the tree.
What I can suggest is to spray undiluted white vinegar ONLY on the target plant. Not in the soil, and not on the tree. This will kill the target, fairly, quickly. Keep doing this to every new instance of the plant will kill it within a few seasons.
should eradication fail... You will have to turn to glyphosate. In the amount that you will need to use it- it will kill your tree as well.