This summer I find myself with two plants I cannot identify so thought i would crowdsource the identification. I would appreciate your suggestions as to what these are.
Could It Be Hydrangea?
The first is, I think, a hydrangea that must have been planted and crowded out by a large Juniper tree years ago, before it could ever become part of my gardening memory. I have attempted to grow hydrangeas many times with no success, though I see them thriving all throughout the neighborhood, the town and the Southeast. When the big Juniper died last year leaving a gaping hole in the corner landscape, it was subsequently replaced with a small version of its former self. Meanwhile, suddenly given space, light and rain this unknown plant, seeking the advantage, has grown large this summer. It is mostly leaves, the pale pink flowers are unimpressive. If this is hydrangea it has to be the most unassuming, understated one I have ever seen.
The last time I recorded buying Hydrangeas was April 2008 when I purchased a Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Sadie Ray’ and a Hydrangea serrata ‘Coerulea lace.’ No images I found of these two match my enigmatic plant. Maybe it is not even a hydrangea? Any ideas?
The Second Puzzlement
This spring I mail-ordered a great number of perennials and very few survived. I can account for most of them but cannot match anything from that order with this plant. Because of its location in a new, part-shade border filled with caladium and coleus, I feel certain this plant is from that spring order.
The long pointed leaves are smooth. Small, tightly-clustered flowers are tinged with pink before opening white.
I am curious. Any ideas as to what these plants might be?