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.
Designers can use the app in the course of their work in selecting plants for their projects. According to Susan, “Designers tell me it is like I am out in the field with them.” They can also get their clients involved in the plant selection process. Clients can pick from among plant choices that will work—saving time for all involved.
Homeowners, avid gardener or not, can use the app as well for selecting plants. The app is particularly helpful when visiting the nursery.
The app is most effective in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) geographic hardiness zones 5-10 and also has a selection of plants for zone 4. Hardiness indicates the ability of a plant to withstand cold temperatures, narrowing your selection of plants to those that are cold-hardy in your area.
Oriental Fountain Grass picture by Genevieve Schmidt.