As the descendant of women with green thumbs, it is much to my chagrin that I seem to kill every flower or houseplant that has the misfortune of crossing my path. That being said, I will never stop trying to maintain a balcony garden, and Landscaper’s Companion is one tool that might just help me succeed.
The app, by Stevenson Software, LLC, includes a catalog of plants and flowers with various details about their care. If you want information about a specific plant, the search engine will come in handy. If you’re unsure of exactly what you’re looking for, you can browse categories that include:
Plants are listed by their common name, but the scientific name is also listed. When you tap on the name and picture of a particular plant, an overview will open that often includes a general description. Other information in the “overview” tab includes how to cultivate the plant, as well as any common problems, such as climates that prohibit the plant from blooming.
I found the “details” tab to be the most useful. It includes information about how much water a plant requires, and the amount of sun that is needed for the best growth. You can also learn how fast to expect a certain plant to grow, and how tall and wide it will be.
Other tabs include “notes,” where you can add any comments or reminders for yourself to review later, and “pictures.” In all, the Landscaper’s Companion has information on over 1,400 plants, and there are nearly 6,000 photos. You can add plants to a “favorites” section for future reference.
In addition to searching for plants by name, the app also allows you to search by the amount of shade or sun a plant requires and how much water it needs. Lastly, you can search by zone. There are 15 zones, and from the thermometer icon next to the zone information in the plant profiles, I gather that the zones pertain to climate zones. For those of us with non-green thumbs, the app might be better if it included more information about the different zones, namely which temperatures fall into which zones.
Overall, I found this app to be very helpful, especially for people who are not experts in the arena of gardening. While it is a little pricey, Landscaper’s Companion may help reduce the time you spend wandering aimlessly through a greenhouse, so if you see a lot of gardening in your future it may be worth it.
Landscaper’s Companion is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later.