The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched its new ‘Plant Selector’, a web-based tool to help gardeners trying to decide which plants are best for their garden.
RHS chief of horticultural informatics Janet Cubey said:
"We listened to a wide range of users, some of whom used the old version of Plant Selector. They were all gardeners and web users to varying degrees, so this gave us a broad range of ways people wanted to be able to choose a plant for their garden. This enabled us to build a much more usable interface for the majority of our users - making searching for plants even easier."
The Plant Selector site asks gardeners to input their criteria such as height, soil type, flower colour, season and plant type. Gardeners are then provided with a list of plant suggestions, which they can then refine by adding further criteria.
The user is also guided on a plant by plant basis to relevant gardening advice topics from RHS experts, as well as supplier information from the RHS Plant Finder.
"We believe that this service, which the RHS is currently providing free to all, will encourage gardeners to consider plants that may previously have been unaware of, or to use planting combinations that they may not have thought of. We already have over 3,300 plants to choose from and we are adding new ones every week. So I am sure there will be something for everyone."