SMARTPLANT (Android, IOS, smartplantapp.com)
WANT to identify a plant? Need some advice or just want to connect with other gardeners?
checks out four free apps to help you.
THIS is among the best of the bunch for plant identification and advice.
You take a picture of your plant, or scan the barcode of a plant you’ve bought, to give you monthly care information, identifying maintenance needs, possible pests and diseases and search for plants to add to your collection. It also has a digital care calendar.
It’s linked to Amazon’s Alexa, who can give you care advice for your plants, or describe a specific plant. You can also pay for membership which gives you unlimited chat access to horticultural experts, plant care advice and notifications.
GARDEN TAGS (Android, IOS, gardentags.com)
CONNECT with other gardeners with this community-based app.
The community of more than 100,000 gardeners not only helps identify plants, but offers advice, tips and ways to tackle tasks, as well as suggesting how to deal with pests.
You can share your successes and failures with a captive audience, who’ll be quick to encourage, sympathise and help.
RHS GROW YOUR OWN (Android, IOS, rhs.org.uk/advice/ grow-your-own/app)
OFFERS easy-to-access advice about all manner of edibles, in alphabetical order, month-bymonth growing, planting and harvesting guides, plus information about common problems, along with help in choosing varieties depending on space, time you have to tend your crops and your experience.
It also offers reminders of what to do when.
GARDEN ANSWERS (Android, IOS, gardenanswers.com)
EASY-TO-USE plant identifier, that gives you an instant answer from its 20,000-plant database.
Just take a picture of the plant, or load it from an existing image on your phone, and it will come back with an answer in seconds.
For £1.99 you can upgrade to ask a horticulturist for advice.
Many apps can help ID a plant via a photo