Foolproof Plants for Small Gardens, an app from Susan Morrison and Sutro Media, offers designers and homeowners alike a tool for selecting the right plants based on characteristics, growing habits, USDA zone and more.
Shown at left is a selection of drought tolerant plants in photo mode. Click on a drought resistant plant you like and get details such as expected height and spread, water and sun requirements, and a full yet succint description. You can also look at all possible selections by name in list mode.
The app contains features that are impossible to include in a reference book, such as recorded pronunciations for each plant and links to online nurseries, relevant articles or pruning videos. Users can leave comments or even ask questions within the app for Susan to answer.