I’ve added demos to show how rightplants4me.co.uk can help you identify plants and plant information

December 3, 2012

I’ve added demos to show how my interative plant identifier and pruning guide website works. This link will take you to the Articles section where I have various demos wesite is How to use rightplants4me.co.uk works.

Find plants for spring height aspect






The website is free to browse. However if you want to subscribe you can make visual plant lists ‘Plants I have’ and Plants I want’, plus you can add notes and print them with images. I hope this proves useful to Garden Designers, students and garden enthusiasts alike.

When you link to the demo the opening image will be fussy. This is because I’ve added linked from Youtube but I ca reassure you that the wesite is clear and sharp.

Each plant is accompanied with in-depth description, planting and pruning advice, images and some plants have time lapse sequences attached.

I hope you find the website useful. If you have images of plants that you’d like added to the site then please feel free to contact me neil@complete-gardens.co.uk. Together we can make the site grow into a comprehensive plant identification website.

Best wishes


The site

Eyed hawk-moth ‘Smerinthus ocellata’ caterpillar identification

September 11, 2012

Eyed hawk-moth ‘Smerinthus ocellata’. The caterpillar can be considered by some as a garden pest as it eats the leaves of the genus malus – Apple trees

Smerinthus ocellata the Eyed hawk-moth caterpillar

The Eyed Hawk Moth ‘Smerinthus ocellata’ is considered a garden pest as the caterpillars eat the leaves of apple trees.

'Smerinthus ocellata' Eyed hawk-moth caterpillar eating on apple leaves

Eyed Hawk Moth ‘Smerinthus ocellata’ caterpillar eating on apple leaves

'Smerinthus ocellata' Eyed hawk-moth in defensive pose

The Eyed Hawk Moth ‘Smerinthus ocellata’ will hang down in a camouflage pose. Maybe the pose is to imitate a curled leaf.

'Smerinthus ocellata' Eyed hawk-moth caterpillar in defensive pose

When disturbed the caterpillar will hang down from the branch in a defensive or camouflage post.

I’ve added these photographs to help with identification and to accompany my interactive plant identification, garden pest and pruning guide website www.rightplants4me.co.uk

Photography by Neil Bromhall

Photographed September 2012




Brown-eye moth, Lacanobia oleracea garden pest identification

September 11, 2012

‘Lacanobia oleracea’  Brown-eye’ / ‘Brown-eyes’ is a garden pest as it eats tomato plants including the fruit.


Brown-eye moth 'Lacanobia oleracea

The Brown-eye moth caterpillar is a garden pest as it eats tomatoes.

They can destroy your tomatoes in a very short time unless you pick them off

Tomato fruit eaten by Brown-eye caterpillar ‘Lacanobia oleracea’


I’ve added this post to help identify garden pests and to accompany my plant identification, garden pest and pruning guide website www.rightplants4me.co.uk

Photography by Neil Bromhall

Right Plants 4 me. Free garden plant advice website

March 19, 2012

A year on and we’ve added and improved the www.rightplants4me.co.uk website.

It’s easy to find and identify garden plants as well as wildflowers and weeds.

Simply select plants by their name, flower and or leaf colour, period of interest, height, aspect and soil type.

You can nor make plants lists. (1) Plants I Have and (2) Plants I want

This is useful when designing your garden to have year round colour and interest.

You can print your plants I want lists and take it with you to the Garden Centre.

Plants I have shows you which plants you have in any chosen month AND it will also let you know which plants you have in any month that need pruning PLUS how to prune them correctly.

You can add your own personal note to any plant. I don’t like labels so I keep a record of my plants and where they are in the garden. This is very useful because for example Clematis look very similar when dormant, with my notes and reminder when to prune my plants I know exactly which Clematis needs pruning, where it is and how to prune it. Some need hard pruning becuase they flower on this years new growth whereas some flower on old wood.

Here is an Iris with a note added

I’ve added time lapses of plants growing and flowers opening. They show some of the fascinating growth and design.

I hope you fine the site useful.

I want to build the site so I’m keen to meet photographers and authors to help the site GROW.

Although the site has UK flowering and planting times, it won’t take too much work to make it specific for the US and European countries. Please let me know if this is of interest.

Best wishes


rightplants4me. New search functions on plant finder and plant identification website

December 14, 2011

We have added a quicker and easier way to search for plants in our www.rightplants4me.co.uk website. Rightplants4me is an easy to navigate website designed to help you find the right plants for the right place and assist you to create and colourful garden with seasonal colour and interest and will help you with your garden design.

Searching for the right plants to suit your garden and design is very simple

You can hover over the ‘next pages’ to see which is the first plant on that page. This makes it so much easier to navigate from plants further down the alphabetical order.

It’s now possible to add plant lists ‘Plants I want’ and Plants I have’

Make plants lists with images of the plants


and add printable notes with images.

You can keep records of the plants you have and add notes to the plants. This is useful when the plants are dormant and you forget what the pant is or know where it is and importantly be reminded which of your plants need pruning and how to do it.


You can make a shopping lists by making ‘Plants I want ‘. Print the list with Latin , common name and an image. When you’ve bought your plants you simply move them into your ‘Plants I have List’.

Each plant is accompanied with full description,plant care, pruning advice with illustrations and pest and diseases. Some plants have time-lapse sequences to reveal the fascinating private life of plants and their wonderful design.


The site is free to navigate . If you want to option to add notes and make plant lists we do charge a small subscription fee. The fees goes into adding and improving the site.

If you have images of plants that are not in our database please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk as we’d love to add plants to make the site more useful.

Best wishes


Garden Plant identification and pruning guide website

April 23, 2011

I’ve produced a garden plant identification and pruning guide website. It’s Free to browse

You can search for plants by any combination of Latin or common name, months, height,aspect etc.

it’s very easy to navigate. Just enter your search requirements, press search, and the best plants to suit your needs appear as thumbnail images.

Click on an image and you open up the plant description, illustrated pruning advice, pests and diseases plus I’ve added some time-lapses to accompany some plants. In most cases we’ve explained what the Latin names mean.

There are over 3,600 UK garden plants and over 10,000 images

The plant selection covers many different types of plants from annuals to vegetables and trees plus wildflowers and weeds.

The site is still in developments so we’re adding new functions and information over the next months and years.

We are looking for contributors with images and plant expertise. If you can help please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk

Elder seedling identification, Sambucus nigra

July 9, 2010

Elder seedling identification Sambucus nigra.

Elder, Sambucus nigra identification

Elder grow quickly and can become a big weed shrub, though they do produce an abundance of fruit for the birds in autumn. The Elder rely on birds to distribute their seeds and is why the Elder are spread wide and far.

It is difficult to identify what the plant by the cotyledons and even the first pair of true leaves. You can identify the Elder when they grow the pinata leaves which grow in oppositepais consisting of two, three or four pairs of broadly egg-shaped, serrated leaflets and terminal one.

Images Copyright Neil Bromhall. www.rightplants4me.co.uk

For in interactive plant database to help with plant identification where you can select by Latin or common name, colour, height, month etc. and accompanied with 9,000 images please see www.complete-gardens.co.uk