Guest Blog Post by: Susan Morrison
I’m thrilled to announce the publication of Susan Morrison’s new online gardening app: Foolproof Plants for Small Gardens.
With almost 100 plants and 450 photos, Foolproof Plants highlights some of the best options for ornamental plants that stay a manageable size, from trees that grow less than 25’ to shrubs smaller than 5’ — not to mention well-behaved vines that won’t eat your house.
Plants are organized in a searchable database that allows users to search by plant category, USDA zone or desirable characteristics like flower color or drought tolerance. Seven categories of plants include: Trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, groundcovers and ornamental grasses plus a special bonus category.
- Plant descriptions that include cultural requirements, maintenance tips, when to “proceed with caution” and alternate varieties.
- Tags that let you narrow down your selection by USDA climate zone, flower color, drought tolerance and more.
- Links to online nurseries and how-to videos.
- Pronunciation guide for botanical names that is both written and recorded.
- Step-by-step guidelines on sustainable planting practices – including sheet mulching.
- A comprehensive garden glossary.
- Sunset Zones included for Western state gardeners.
Experts Tapped in Their Zones
Because this app is intended as a resource for small-space gardeners all over the country, Susan enlisted the help of a talented group of horticulturists and landscape designers from other USDA zones to contribute plant choices that represent some of the best small-space plants from their regions. Click on the Contributors section in the app to learn more about the credentials of Susan’s co-authors:
- Katie Elzer-Peters (Zone 7)
- Jenny Peterson (Zone 8)
- Maria Zampini (Zones 5 and 6)
- Genevieve Schmidt (Zone 9) My go-to source for the best maintenance advice.
– Originally published February 14, 2013
on Susan Morrison’s Blue Planet Garden Blog