This app is great for anyone from beginner to experienced gardener. As a Master Gardener, I use this app and can confidently recommend it to others seeking answers. The app is easy to use and provides useful information from leaders in the gardening industry. Looking for pollinator plants? The app can help. Looking for deer resistant plants? The app can help. Want information about a particular plant? The app can help. Need to find a garden center near you? The app can help. These are just a few of the many resources provided by this app. Additional links are provided for further information. The information is updated as needed and new information is added periodically, such as the recently added Integrated Pest Management (IPM) section which provides sound guidance and practical advise to reduce the use of chemicals while having the garden of your dreams. I highly recommend this app!
Covers many perennials and annuals shrubs, but not Exhaustive
I’m not familiar with Mr. Armitage, so my expectations were off. Someone recommended the app as an helpful guide to individual plants, but there were no trees, nor the usual evergreens like arborvitae or holly. Just two types of roses. From a wealth of experience, the author recommends specific cultivars and solutions to a few specific gardening issues/categories such as drought-tolerant or deer-resistant plants. The app works just fine on my iPhone 11.
The App Store says this app is compatible with my new iPhone Xr, but when I open the app it just crashes. I used it before on my iPhone 6, and I continue to be able to use it on my iPad – but I am disappointed that I cannot use it on the Xr so that I can reference it while I am in the field. Also, the link to the developer site leads to a website that is not built yet, so I cannot directly contact the developer for a solution.
Every time I open the app, new and updated information is at my fingertips. This is not simply generic empty info, as I see on other garden apps, but easily read, in-depth information. The topics on deer resistance and pollinators are great. And Dr A’s humor is also appreciated.
Just got this. It’s not compatible with dark mode on iPhone 11 (the text isn’t visible). The support link doesn’t work. The developer’s website doesn’t load. I haven’t looked at the app in depth but it looks good and comes from one of the best horticulturists anywhere. So I’m hopeful, but off to a rocky start with no apparent way to get the kinks worked out. Sigh.
Dr. Armitage is the foremost expert in herbaceous perennials and makes his vast knowledge available to all through this wonderful app. Great detail on plants for beginners and advanced growers! Well worth every penny.
This app covers only some herbaceous perennials and annuals, no shrubs, no trees. There isn't information on propagation, planting what with what, drought tolerance... Most of what is included could be found on the plant tag at a decent nursery. If you are shopping at a hardware store, this app would be helpful as they include a lot less info on the tag. It does include the author's personal opinions of the plants, which is interesting. Specific cultivars are described and recommended. The photos are very pretty and clicking on one gives you plant details. You are able to edit the list by shade/sun, zone, flowers/foliage and a few other criteria which is helpful. I don't see myself using it much except for the pretty pictures.
This is a great app for anyone interested in gardening whether you have a green thumb or you just like to poke around in the yard! The pictures are stunning for an app and the reference guide is extremely helpful. How great that you can have all of this information handy on your phone when you are at the garden center or even out in your yard?
It has only taken a couple clicks and scrolls with a few minutes of reading to say I like this app! First, Allen is a very entertaining writer so it's enjoyable. Facts about the plants are to the point, clear n easy. Like how you can swipe the screen to see photos. And the video links rule. Thank you for creating this app. Cathy T. A container garden gardener!
This app is so useful and easy for anyone to use. It is great for beginner horticulturalists and master gardeners. The best part about the app is that it has all the information on any perennial you could ever think of, but it also provides locations of botanical gardens where you can find the beautiful perennials.
Great Idea...Lousy Execution Unless you NEVER want to look for plants in any other area than where you are at, then this App is not the App for you as you can not select a location by dropping a pin on the map page and have the results filtered by pin location instead of user location. Sure, you could select the zones 3-4 selection, but then that negates the purpose of the map page doesn't it?
Gorgeous, easy to use and informative. If you are wondering about paying the price, you will easily make it back by resisting plants that aren't going to work for you. Good source for designing your plantings and landscape.
The pictures alone are worth purchasing this app. It is written and formatted in a manner that allows a casual gardener to use the app easily. The maps really help with information. It is nice to have an expert pass his knowledge along to amateur gargeners.
If you own the maestro's incomparable reference book already, save your bread. Unlike the Dirr app, this one isn't a digital version of the book. Is it well done, aesthetically pleasing and easy to use? Yup. Does it have much in the way of content (yet)? Nope. So for now, the big heavy fantastic books stay behind the seat in the truck or within army's reach on the shelf. Hope to see more plants added as time permits.
As a seasoned nursery man and rare plant junky I was shocked at how few plants were in this app. I did not find one new plant and the selection I could have compiled in a few afternoons. Unless you are new to gardening wait to buy until a much more thorough version is released. Sadly extremely extremely disappointed but hopefully it will improve in the future. Buyers beware.
Given the 5-stars reviews, I was expecting something grand. But the more I look through the App, the more disappointed I am. For example: 1. This App does not come close to presenting the numbers of Perennials and Annuals that are covered in the Audubon and other books, or in many online Websites. 2. The App provides options for reading about flowers in USDA Zones--but forget it if you live in Zones 9-13. I live in California--Zones 10 & 11, absent from this App. 3. The App's Comment and Email Author functions do not work. Don't waste you money on this overpriced App.
This is the first I have bought written by Dr. Armitage. I was disappointed. I won't go out of my way looking for his books after seeing this. It does have beautiful pictures. I really wanted more about the plants than that and u tube videos.
Not worth the money. Photos are very poorly done. No photos of different varieties of species. On a positive note the species descriptions are fairly lengthy and helpful. Overall I would rate the app 2 1/2.
Like Dr. Michael Dirr, Dr. Armitage is widely respected among professional horticulturists, landscape architects, and serious amateurs. Both may be tired of the constant comparisons, but that's the reality. If you own the Michael Dirr app ($14.99 and worth twice that), do not expect this app to be similar in any way. While the Dirr app is essentially his complete tome on woody ornamentals (with lots of color pictures!) in a handy little searchable database app, this app is like a Ladies Home Journal spring gardening issue. It's great for sparking some ideas with good photography. Period. It contains a very small personal selection of the author's favorites that seems obsessed with deer resistance. Only barebones information is included on the limited species. For those that buy their plants only at Lowes/Home Depot on weekends in May, this would be a great app if it sold for $.99. Professionals and serious amateurs will be sorely disappointed by this app for $4.99 with Dr. Armitage's name on it.
••• Plants that Can for those who think they Can't! ••• Gardening is not brain surgery, or rocket science - and if I have learned one thing, it is that gardening should never be taken seriously. So have fun. There are no rules. You may search all plants, or use the filter to search for annuals, perennials or those grown in sun, shade or for foliage or flowers. Scroll through any plant for useful information, swipe through hundreds of photos. Add plants to your list of favorites, and email some of these to your friends or spouse so they will buy you the plant you actually are lusting for. For even more excitement, I have included videos where not only do I make a fool of myself, but may even teach you a few hints. Have fun! ••• About the Author ••• World renown plantsman lecturer and author. He has traveled to gardens throughout Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Canada, the Channel Island, and South America. He has appeared in International Horticulture conferences in Portugal, Toronto and Norway, chatted with Martha on the Martha Stewart Show and consulted with growers and nurseries around the globe. He has earned Professor Emeritus status within the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. He has published 13 books, hundreds of trade journal articles for the horticulture industry, produced dozens of videos about plants for the gardener and is the author of an online course for the public. Native of Montreal, Canada, Dr. Armitage plays a mean guitar and enjoys hiking, skiing, and his weekly brutal games of squash and tennis. He loves his wife, kids, and grandkids.