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Flower Beauty Shots from Sarah’s Garden in Minnesota

These models can't strike a pose, but they also don't need hours in the makeup chair

Kopper King Hibiscus

Hey GPODers! Today we’re taking a different look at a garden, an up-close perspective of the flowers Sarah Oneil grows in her Minnesota garden.

I stumbled on your article and wanted to share my garden! I live in MN so it’s critical to enjoy all the warm weather months!

Happy Gardening!!

We’ve seen plenty of plant close-ups over the years, but Sarah has a way of capturing these flowers in their best light. In photography, this is called a “beauty shot,” a close up shot or scene that captivates the viewer with the particular attractiveness of the subject. When thinking of this type of photography, most would conjure the image of models in editorial settings, but Sarah’s subjects can’t pose or change outfits.

close up of a Japanese beetle on a dahlia flowerA garden pest never looked so good! While most gardeners would be rushing to pinch this Japanese beetle off their precious dahlia, Sarah saw a moment of beauty to be captured. What a great way to view pests from a different perspective.

pink and yellow dahliasBut, of course, the dahlias that beetle was munching on are even more breathtaking. Sunset colors on flowers are always a winning combination.

close up of pink and yellow dahliasYet another sensational angle of this pretty pink and yellow bloom.

bright pink hibiscus flowerAnother huge, pretty pink flower. I believe this is a Luna™ Rose hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Luna Rose’Zones 5–9).

Kopper King HibiscusAnother show-stopping hibiscus glowing in the sun, this time a regal ‘Kopper King’ (Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Kopper King’Zones 4–10).

Kopper King HibiscusAnother shot of the ‘Kopper King’ hibiscus, this time including more of that stunning, two-toned foliage that inspired its royal title.

close up of bright pink cosmosWe got a little preview of these bright pink cosmos acting as backup in the hibiscus beauty shot above, but this stunner doesn’t need to be relegated to the background. Just like the rest of these flowers, Sarah captured this small but mighty bloom in the perfect light to capture its outstanding color.

close up of Double Chaters Rose hollyhock

Last but not least, one final pink bloom so stuffed full of petals that it’s hard to tell where one flower ends and the next begins. I believe this beauty is a Chater’s Double Rose hollyhock (Alcea rosea ‘Chater’s Double Rose’Zones 3–9).

Thank you for these inspiring photos, Sarah—I’m certainly feeling inspired to take my plant photography to the next level!


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  1. bottlegreen 06/19/2024

    Gorgeous photos, Sarah! I especially liked the Japanese beetle--one has to admire the beauty of this insect, in spite of the havoc it wreaks. I live in Minnesota, too, so I really know what you mean about enjoying the warm months.

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    simplesue 06/19/2024

    Beautiful flowers and beautiful photography, I love the beetle in the flower enjoying it as much as any bee would!

  3. btucker9675 06/19/2024

    Beautiful shots! However... that Japanese beetle would have been brutally murdered by me. They are decimating my garden this year - have never seen so many and it's really upsetting.

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