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.

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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

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 is a new, free garden plant identification and pruning guide website

May 23, 2011

www.rightplants4me.co.uk is a free website to help you find the right plants for every aspect of your garden, seasonal changes and garden design.

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

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

With over 3,900 plants and 10,500 photographs we cover plants from grasses to trees.

You can find and identify plants by selecting any combination of colour, month / season. aspect, spoil type, height, Latin or common name.

Each plant is accompanied with full plant description, planting advice plus pest and diseases.

The illustrated pruning advice shows you what to do

The time lapses shows how the plants grow and the intricate design of their flowers.

We are adding more plants daily. If you have plants you want adding please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk

The site is still growing and we’re adding new functions as and when we can.

I hope you find it 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

Pruning apple trees and other pruning advice

October 15, 2008
How to prune your apple trees

How to prune your apple trees

Pruning apple trees can be confusing, but not with www.rightplants4me.co.uk.

One of the pruning apple tree illustrations from the Complete Gardens CD-ROM.

One of the pruning apple tree illustrations from the Complete Gardens CD-ROM.

Each garden plant on the interactive website is accompanied illustrated pruning advice and written explanation to help you.

There are over 20 pruning ilustrations for pruning apple trees alone. The website is the what, when and how to prune resource.

Find the right plants to suit your garden conditions and your garden design needs

Find the right plants to suit your garden conditions and your garden design needs

The interactive plant database website is not only a pruning advice resource. The website also helps you plan an attractive garden with seasonal colour by suggesting the right plants for your garden conditions.

Interactive means that you can select to see plants and advice to answer your questions quickly and easily.

For example you might be looking for plants  to line your path that won’t grow too tall. Simply select a height, the month you want it to be in leaf or flower, a colour, and if the areas is in shade, partial shade or full sun. Click search and the plants to suit your requirements are displayed within seconds.

To be creative you can then find other plants to match your colour scheme and to ensure seasonal change and interest.

In-depth plant care advice accompanies each plant

In-depth plant care advice accompanies each plant

Each plant is accompanied with photographs to help with identification plus in-depth planting tips, pests and diseases, and garden styles to inspire your creative ideas.


The reason for pruning. How to prune and what’s the point of deadheading

August 25, 2008

To grow attractive looking perennial plants most need to be pruned otherwise they become too big, untidy and produce unimpressive flowers.

Many people new to gardening are nervous when it comes to pruning.
This is because there’s a baffling amount of information on pruning and to make things worse some of the information seems to contradict the other.

If you think of it, herbivores have been nibbling at plants for millions of years, so plants are quite used to being nibbled and cut. It’s been suggested that the saliva actually stimulates growth.

Pruning encourages new productive growth

Pruning encourages new productive growth

The reasons for pruning.
Pruning encourages new healthy growth.
If you cut out dying and diseases wood, the plant can instead of fighting disease will put its energy in to new productive growth.
Pruning will keep the plant shape and size in check.
Pruning will keep unwanted seed dispersal under control.

Deadheading encourages a second flush of flowers

Deadheading encourages a second flush of flowers

Pruning / deadheading will encourage a second flush of flowers. The reason being, when you deadhead a flower, the plant can no longer put its energy into seed production. Reproduction is the second imperative so if the plant can’t make seeds because you’ve cut the fertilised flower off, the plant will put it’s energy into producing new flowers in which to do so.
Although flowers are attractive to our eyes, the real function of a flower is to attract insects to transfer pollen from one flower to another, resulting pollination and seed production.
Deadheading basically removes the ability of the plant to produce seeds and so it produces another flush of flowers in order to do so.
Deadheading will produce new flowers in the growing season. Deadheading very late in the season won’t produce further flowers as the plant reacts to the falling light levels and temperature changes and so it’s programmed to shut down ready for dormancy over the winter period.

Some plants won’t produce new growth if you cut in to old wood.
Cut at an angle just above an outward facing bud.
Use sharp secateurs to make a clean cut.  A clean cut will quickly heal quickly whereas a blunt blade will bruise the stem where die-back or disease can set in.

Pruning vines. Some plants like vines will weep sap profusely if you cut in the growing season, so it’s best to cut when the vine is dormant i.e when the sap not rising.
Clematis pruning. There are basically four pruning techniques for pruning clematis.
Rose pruning. There are 4-5 different rose types all needing different pruning

Pruning wisteria. The Wisteria like many vines only produces flowers on the branches that are in direct sunlight. The flowering buds are stimulated to form by the sunlight. Wisteria are therefore pruned twice a year.

To have the answers you want within seconds and to save time searching through books and the internet, illustrated pruning advice accompanies each plant of the 3,500 UK

garden plants on the interactive http://www.rightplants4me.co.uk The Calendar reminds you which plants you have and when and how to prune

them. All the information on the website can be printed with images, plus you can add your own printable notes accompanying each plant.

Used by garden novice to Garden Designer.


Miniature Rose Pruning

July 17, 2008
Pruning miniature rose

Pruning miniature rose


Miniature roses need minimal pruning other than maintenance pruning.

Flowers are produced mainly on the current season’s growth, so our aim is to get a rose with healthy well-balanced new growth.


February – March. Cut out any weak and diseased wood.
Cut back strong stems to about 10 to 15 cm.

Any very vigorous shoots growing from the base can be removed completely.


June  and July, dead-head to encourage flower production.



Renewal / rejuvenation pruning.
February – March. Cut back 1/3 of old shoots almost to the base.

Repeat for rest of old shoots over next 2 or 3 years.

This method of removing old wood and encouraging new growth should gradually rejuvenate your rose and replace old unproductive wood with new healthy growth.

Extract taken from Complete garden plant advice and pruning guide CD-ROM