It’s no secret that winter is a gardener’s least favorite season. So while you’re dreaming of spring, why not check out some colorful new gardening apps for your phone or tablet? Your green thumb will thank you for scrolling when warmer weather hits!
1. Old Farmer’s Almanac Planner — One of the oldest gardening resources has gone techie with this app, recently updated in late 2017. Made for use on iPad or iPhone, this amazing tool lets you plan and design your garden at the touch of a finger. Add vegetables, herbs or fruit to a layout and move around to achieve the best plan. With full growing information on more than 190 plants and thousands of varieties, this app is worth the $7.99 price tag. Please note, though, that it’s not for flower gardening.
2. Perennial Match — Want to know if garden phlox will thrive next to your rose bushes? Perennial Match helps you plan your perennial garden before digging that first shovel full of dirt. iPad and iPhone users can create combinations of perennials and view the results immediately. You can also save your combos for future reference. At $4.99, this app will pay for itself with its extensive perennial reference library of more than 278 plants.
3. iScape Landscape Designs — Looking to add some curb appeal to your home with a landscaping project? iScape lets you overlay virtual flowerbeds, shrubs and trees on top of photos of your home so you can visualize your project before starting. This iPhone and iPad app is a subscription service for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year (automatically renewed until cancelled).
4. Garden Squared — Can’t remember whether you planted celery or chard, eggplant or squash? Garden Squared is a simple app for Android users that helps you plan and keep track of what is planted where in your garden. Plan from a 1x1 plot up to a 4x8, and make notes about the progress of your plants. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but a great app for those who are already familiar with gardening and just want an easy place to journal and keep track of plants.
5. Leafsnap — Calling all amateur arborists! This free app is like having a virtual leaf collection in your pocket. Developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution, this free app uses visual recognition software to help you identify trees. Simply take a photo of a leaf on a white background, and the app will tell you what kind of tree it belongs to. It’s simply fascinating, and just might take you back to fourth grade when you were hunting down leaves for your leaf collection.
6. Fine Gardening — Looking to get lost in pages of beautiful gardens as it snows outside? Fine Gardening magazine has an app available for both iPad and Android tablet users. A free sample issue is included with the app. Written for passionate gardeners, Fine Gardening includes detailed instructions for creating healthy gardens, outdoor rooms and beautiful landscapes. Current print subscribers get the app for free; others can pay per single issue, monthly or yearly.