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Some of our favourite plant and garden photographs not featuring in other gardeners tips. tips for your own garden photography.

Tips for Your Front Garden


Lovely climbing rose on the front of this house

The Front garden is a great part of English life. Unfortunately there is increasingly a trend to replace the front garden with concrete so people can park a car. But, what better way to start the day than walking through a bit of garden at the front of your house.

The Huge Flower Approach

Front Garden Oxford

If you want to give joy to passers by, go for a real impact and fill it with lots of colour. These dahlias give an excellent summer long flowering display – you will just need to spend time watering. Every bit of space has been maximised with these hanging baskets

The Zen Approach to Front Gardens

Front Garden

A bit of gravel and reserved planting gives a very relaxed feel. It helps sooth the nerves, especially because the work to maintain is much reduced.

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Single Colour Hanging Baskets

Good hanging baskets with a bold statement can be achieved by using one type of plant in one colour.
Think about the volume of colour from your chosen flowers over the life of the hanging basket. Keep it simple and you will only need one watering and feeding regime.
The hanging baskets below generally fit into the single colour category with the odd liberty.


I like the powder blue Lobelia. It is far more stunning than the more traditional purple in this large hanging basket.


Petunias in purple, or would you call it mauve, are great for hanging baskets as they produce lots of flowers and self-deadhead.

Hanging Basket 2009

I have not grown Bacopa but like the clean white colour scheme on this hanging basket.

Hanging Basket

Orange is an ususual clour for a hanging basket but there are now some brilliant begonias like these.
Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Illumination Apricot Shades’ F1 Hybrid is fantastic but would produce a mix of yellow & orange.

Beautiful hanging baskets

Now we get to a cheat with a trailing Lysimachia to under pin the base of the hanging basket which contains red begonias.
Begonia from Thompson & Morgan


Is it fair to call this a single colour. Certainly this veined petunia in pink to purple makes a bold splash of colour.
Petunia Million Bells or Calibrachoa are very floriferous plants to try in hanging baskets.
Petunia seeds at Thompson & Morgan

Hanging hydrangea hallway - Longwood Gardens, 2 May 2011

This would be my hanging basket display of choice. Hydrangeas drink large volumes of water and would not normally feature in baskets but this USA garden at Longwood makes do.

Colour Photo Credits
Hanging Basket 2009 by amandabhslater CC BY-SA 2.0
Hanging Basket by sirwiseowl CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Beautiful hanging baskets by wallygrom, CC BY-SA 2.0
petunias by NapaneeGal CC BY-NC 2.0
Hanging hydrangea hallway – Longwood Gardens, 2 May 2011 by mmwm CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Cheerful pelargoniums by tsheko CC BY-NC 2.0

Cheerful pelargoniums
Cheerful pelargoniums


Picture of Daffodil in the Snow

daffodilIt is still not too late to get snow says the eternal pessimistic gardener

This daffodil still manages to poke its flower above the snow cover.

Daffodils are a very hardy flower. If they are planted at the correct depths and split every 3-4 years they can give years of excellent, maintenance free, displays. But heavy wet snow can bend or break the flower stems.

Rip Van Winkle Daffodil

This Rip Van Winkle is a special daffodil with the elongated petals but is still one of my winter favourites.

See more of our daffodil photos on Gardeners Tips



Images of Evening Primrose Species

Evening Primrose Oenothera Biennis is a wonderfully scented flower for summer evenings.

Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri/Hooker's Evening-primrose

Image of Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri/Hooker’s Evening-primrose

bluebonnets, pink evening primrose foreground

Pink Evening Primrose Oenothera speciosa ‘Siskiyou’ photo of a low growing perennial.

evening primrose

Pollination is in the evening air!

Evening Primrose

Oenothera Glazioviana is generally a biennial herb producing an erect stem approaching 3-5 feet in height.

Oenothera cespitosa var. marginata (Tufted Evening Primrose)

Oenothera cespitosa var. marginata (Tufted Evening Primrose) also called Onethera caespitosa

Oenothera macrocarpa - Silver Blade Evening Primrose

Oenothera macrocarpa – Silver Blade Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose


Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri/Hooker’s Evening-primrose by davidhofmann08, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
bluebonnets, pink evening primrose foreground by milpool79 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
evening primrose by marc e marc CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Evening Primrose by kh1234567890 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Oenothera cespitosa var. marginata (Tufted Evening Primrose) by Tony Frates CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Oenothera macrocarpa – Silver Blade Evening Primrose by colorado art studio CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Scented Wild Flowers Evening Primrose Oenothera odorata


Narcissus – Oxford & Botanic Gardens

Book Cover

The International Daffodil Register And Classified List
2008 compiled by Sally Kington needs to be studied to be able to name the varieties shown.

Lady Margaret Hall April 2010
Lady Margaret Hall Oxford April 2010 where studying and gardening went hand in hand.

Lady Margaret Hall April 2010

But perhaps more gardening than studying.


This picture was taken in late March at the University Botanic Gardens Oxford. I’m not sure of the variety, but they remind me of tete a tete. The White betula (Birch) provides an interesting contrast to the lush green of early spring. In the background is the River Cherwell, flowing under Magdalen Bridge

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

Misty Christ Church Meadow Oxford

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

Sunrise at Christ Church Meadow Oxford

Book Cover

The International Daffodil Register And Classified List
2008 compiled by Sally Kington needs to be studied to be able to name the varieties shown.


Five Primrose Pictures

Primroses that bloom in the spring tra-la seemed a good title for these pictures with short pithy comments attached.

Hedgerow primroses grow well in the shade but flower better when a bit of sun breaks through the woodland branches waiting for their new leaves.

Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, tra-la
The inspiration for these five pictures of Primrose in their many colours.

Primroses in Spring

Leaves can die back shortly after flowering. The longer they are green the more they are feeding the roots and plant for future flowering.
Water and feed after flowering, you would be hungry and thirsty after producing so much seed and progeny.

Haworth primroses

Some colour look good and faithful on computer screens. I think that this applies to these Primroses.

Bred as a double flower this Primrose has interesting colouring. Some plants can be over bred and are then hard to keep from one year to the next. This is the second year of this plant.

Picture and other credits

Primrose seeds at Thompson & Morgan
Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, tra-la by cobalt123 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ‘Perky blooms in full glory, seen at the entrance to the Westin Hotel at LAX in Los Angeles. I don’t know what these are, so an ID is appreciated. I now believe these are primrose flowers. There were many colors and varieties of these flowers, which must be hardy against peaks of high and low temperatures and the gusty winds near the airport.’
Primroses in Spring by Chiot’s Run CC BY-NC 2.0 ‘…this one plant is 7 years old. All the other ones died, but this one blooms every spring…’



Five June Garden Photographs

A big bright month for flowers following a lush spring in Yorkshire. Not all plants behave to the seasonal timetable buy the Poppies are still stunning.

Alpine Aster
Aster alpinus the Alpine aster – bought from the nursery at Newby Hall in blue, white and purple varieties which are still to flower.

June garden Aquilegia
Selfsown Aquilegia or columbine, set off by broad Bearded Iris leaves.

June garden Oriental Poppy
Oriental Poppy that looks blood red late in the day but was glowing in the early sunshine.

June garden 040 Iris reticulata
Iris reticulata with self sown Euphorbia

June garden Azalea
Deciduous Azalea in Late spring yellow. One of the Rhododendrons in the Pentanthera group


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