So, this is my first spring in the purple hizzy, and there is green stuff coming up out of the ground all over the place. Even armed with my plant encyclopedia, I'm clueless as to what a lot of it is.
So I'm asking for your help. Behind the cut are a bunch of photos of various plants in my garden that I can't identify. I'm sure most are meant to stay, but I'm also sure that some should probably go. If you have any expertise in this and you feel charitable, I would be grateful if you took a couple of minutes to give me your advice.
18 plants are pictured below, with a short description as to size or relative characteristics. If you know what kind of plant it is, I'm really curious. However, even if all you know is that it's something I should keep or uproot, I would value that much more than my own guesswork!
Without further ado ...
#1 - leaves: ~4" long, stalks: ~14" tall
EDIT: perhaps a variety of penstemon
#2 - leaves: ~5" long and "hairy," radiate from ground (no central stalk)
EDIT: consensus is split between a weed (e.g. a type of thistle) and oriental poppy (another image)
#3 - 3" long rounded leaf clusters radiate from ground, skinny central stalk tipped with tiny white flower
EDIT: survey says? WEED
#4 - this one is about 16" wide and about 12" tall, light and leafy
EDIT: perhaps a perennial geranium, or feverfew
#5 - either the start of some ground cover or a bunch of weeds, silverish green and gold, clumps are about 3-6" tall
EDIT: suggestions include dusty miller or a mugwort variant
#6 - dense ground cover with heart-shaped leaves (~2" diameter) and small purple blooms
EDIT: consensus is a violet variant
#7 - weeds? wispy reddish stalks radiate up from ground, terminating in clover-like leaves, 4-6" tall
EDIT: consensus is columbine
#8 - individual stalks have stratified radiating leaves, each about 4-8" tall
EDIT: consensus is sweet woodruff
#9 - large clump (about 3' diameter) of light round leaves, stalks with yellower leaves protrude, about 18" tall
EDIT: tentative consensus is southern maidenhair fern
#10 - reddish stalks split into 2-3 stems with spiky green leaves at the top, each about 4-8" tall
EDIT: perhaps peonies, perhaps walnut trees
#11 - dense leaves from central root clump, about 8" diameter, small green leaves
EDIT: perhaps a bleeding heart
#12 - another ground cover? individual stems terminate in silvery green and yellow leaves; pictured area is about 2' diameter
EDIT: a type of lamium
#13 - could be variant of #10, stalks are skinnier and leaves are broader, about same size overall
EDIT: a hellebore, maybe
#14 - a weed? this one has been above ground for a few months, pictured area is about 12" diameter
#15 - individual stems each terminate in one or several leaves, diameters each about 2-3"
EDIT: maybe another geranium
#16 - probably same as #15, but a little healthier and fuller-looking, with some reddish leaves, 2' diameter clump
#17 - group of stems from central root clump, with several long (~5"), oval leaves on each
EDIT: perhaps rudbeckia
#18 - 3-4 dark red stems from central root, each stem with 1 elongate, heart-shaped leaf, about 2-4" long
EDIT: suggestions include foxglove, fall aster, and cranesbill
Thanks so much for any input!