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

neil

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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


Garden Design using the right plants for the right place

March 12, 2008

Garden design ideasGardening is an enjoyable hobby that can keep you fit, tap into your creative skills, is a rewarding experience and can even make you money by adding value to your property. Attractive gardens can add 20% to the value of a property according to the Estate Agent Society. 

You don’t have to be a Garden Designer to create an attractive garden. What you need to know are a few basics and some gardening advice such as;

·        Which garden plants will suit your garden conditions?

·        Which plant will grow in your soil?

·        Which plants will grow in full sun, partial shade and full shade?

·        When are the plants in flower or looking their best?

·        How to look after them? Planning and designing a garden with seasonal colour, texture and interest is the fun creative part and you can pay a lot of money to garden designers for their expert advice.

However, finding out which plants will suit your garden are available in books and magazines and by searching the Internet. Some people could consider these to be quite time-consuming and laborious, but it can also be fun researching your ideal plants.  Alternatively, if you have a computer, save time and effort by using rightplants4me.co.uk which selects from your choice of colour, month, season, aspect, soil type, height and plant name, then a simple click of the mouse displays the plants to suit your needs. 

Only choose plants that will suit your garden. If you have a small garden, select those plants that won’t out-grow your limited space.

If you want a low maintenance garden select plants that don’t need a lot of pruning or feeding.

There are about 73,000 plants to choose from so there is no end to the fun you can have creating the garden design of your dreams. It’s quite a good idea to start your design by selecting plants to give your garden some structure.

Shrubs are good plants for this and come in a multitude of colours, shapes and sizes. Check the height and spread of the shrubs before planting so that you don’t position them too close together.  

Climbers will add height and colour to your garden. You can select climbers that will flower early in the season and then select others to flower later in the year and maybe select some to have attractive autumn foliage. 

Annuals will grow and flower in the same year and provide almost instant colour whilst the plants in your borders have time to grow and mature. Annuals can be bought as seedlings or easily grown from seed.  

Grasses provide texture and movement in a garden and most can be cut back to ground level the following spring.

Don’t only choose a garden plant because it has an attractive flower. There are fabulous foliage plants to consider like ferns and hostas that love the shade areas of your garden and will reward you with luscious colour and texture. A garden doesn’t just have to look attractive in the summer months, it is also important to select plants for spring, summer, autumn and winter.

You will be surprised at how many plants there are that have attractive flowers, berries and bark to liven up any cold grey winter days. 

Pruning is important as it keeps the plants in shape and encourages healthy new growth. You will need pruning advice for each plant in your garden and a plant calendar list which reminds you when and how to prune them.  

Propagation of your plants and growing from seeds are very rewarding and satisfying because not only are you creating new plants but you’re also saving money. Gardening will keep you fit. Any gardener will tell you that digging and weeding can provide you with a very good work-out.    

 

Neil Bromhall is an award winning wildlife Cameraman / Photographer who was awarded an Emmy for his camera work on David Attenborough’s “The Private Life of Plants” BBC series. Neil has since founded www.rightplants4me.co.uk


Flower identification guide

January 26, 2008
Mobile & CD-ROM plant identification guide 
The Complete gardens team have developed a mobile flower identification guide that works on a ‘blackberry’ hand held unit.
This nifty garden software allows the user to identify plants and flowers whilst out and about, for example when they are enjoying the stunning show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court Flower Show, RHS Wisley gardens etc. It is possible to identify plants from annuals, perennials, shrubs as well as trees by simply selecting any combination of flower or leaf colour, height, flowering period, leaf type, Latin or common name.
By being able to identifying and record the plants seen in spectacular gardens, designed by top Garden Designers, gives any garden enthusiasts or would be gardener, whatever their level of experience to be able to create a garden style using the right plants to create stylesfrom a small low maintenance garden design to a Japanese garden style with delicate use of Acers, or larger landscape gardening to a colourful English cottage garden flower display
The portable software used in conjunction with the PC and MAC compatible award winning Complete Gardens plant database, not only with the user be able to use the plant finder software to find the right plants, it also has gardening tips and illustrated pruning advice to keep the plants looking their best. Plant lists and personal notes can be printed with images.
The portable software used in a ‘Blackberry’  means there are not heavy books to carry around and the PC & MAC compatible CD-ROM has the additional features.
A perfect combination and a special garden gift Ideal for garden design students, Garden Designers and for home use.
The portable software and CD-ROM have 3,500 plants and 9,000 high quality photographs
We have a new dedicated Mac Leopard universal garden software version with the same plant finder and pruning tips as above at an introductory £10.00 off offer. 
www.complete-gardens.co.uk