What Is PlantSwatch™?
PlantSwatch™ is a plant and flower gardening guide specially designed to make garden planning simple. Whether you’re a beginner gardener or a seasoned grower, PlantSwatch™ streamlines your garden design process, helping you confidently select plants that are meant for your plant hardiness zone in the color palette you’ve been dreaming of.
PlantSwatch™ takes the guesswork out of flower gardening for beginners.
231 plants categorized by color and hardiness zones.
Easy to handle, with its unique paint swatch design.
Contains accurate, up-to-date information from recognized, verified sources.
Easily kept at hand in a purse, backpack or pocket.
No difficult symbols to learn.
Handy to take on a walk to identify plants you like in other gardens or to take to the nursery when buying plants or matching plant colors.
If you are a gardener or want to be a gardener, PlantSwatch™ is for you. PlantSwatch™ is about creating a well-planned garden with the plants that are right for your garden’s conditions in the colors you love. Ensuring you only buy plants that will thrive in your garden’s micro-climate will save time and money, giving you more of the season to enjoy your garden.
Considering the average garden nursery sells over 5,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, grasses and flowering plants, trying to find plants suitable for a specific garden can take time and research.
PlantSwatch™ was designed to give new or experienced gardeners the ability to easily select plants by color, height, sun and water requirements and temperature tolerance (hardiness zone) that will be able to thrive in a specific location.
All of the plants in PlantSwatch™ should be easy to find in most local garden centers or from mail order nurseries for gardeners in Canada and the United States. PlantSwatch™ is a convenient tool for garden designers, gardeners, students, or anyone who enjoys the creativity that comes with gardening. The compact size and format make it easy to take around the garden, comparing the color swatches with nearby plants, and discovering additional plant choices that will harmonize or contrast with plants already there.
Looking for a particular color, or combination of shades, to brighten your front yard?
Choose plants from any color group and plan according to each plant’s height and width, as well as its sun and water requirements.
Wondering why those beautiful perennials you planted last year (and the year before, and the year before) are never seen again?
At a glance, PlantSwatch™ indicates the zone(s) in which each plant can be safely situated to come back season after season. If you don’t know in which zone your garden is located, contact your nearest garden nursery for clarification.
When you go out to walk the dog do you wonder what that beautiful bush is in the garden down the street?
At slightly larger than a cell phone, PlantSwatch™ is perfect for taking along to identify unknown plants and then using at your local nursery to show them what you want.
How Does PlantSwatch™ Work?
Take advantage of our early bird discounts on PlantSwatch™ and start planning your dream garden today! And PlantSwatch™ makes an excellent gift.
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To ensure that the information in PlantSwatch™ would be scientifically sound, Fourie teamed up with Steven Loewen, a professor at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, who teaches Horticulture Diploma courses. Loewen agreed to co-author PlantSwatch™ and his remarkable ability to identify and isolate the most important growing factors for each plant was key to PlantSwatch™’s successful development. Loewen also saw an opportunity to produce a guide with the kind of attention to detail that he felt was lacking in existing plant guides. For example, the introductory section of PlantSwatch™ actually defines what is meant by sun, bright shade, semi-shade and shade. When choosing plants to include in PlantSwatch™, the co-authors tried to select ‘classic’ garden plants – those that have withstood the test of time and tend to be reasonably easy to grow over a wide range of conditions. They included a number of favorite award-winning plants as well as some that are new and ‘promising’. Finally they ensured a wide array of colors to give gardeners lots of choice.
For any gardener who has ever struggled to find the right color combination for a favorite bed, or watched as expensive spring plantings became leggy looking for light or withered in too-hot sun, there is now a solution – PlantSwatch™.
PlantSwatch™ is a handy ready reference that looks much like the fan-out swatch books used to select paint colors. Featuring bold and colorful images of over 230 classic and proven flowers, bushes, trees and grasses, PlantSwatch™ is arranged by foliage or flower color plus the plant hardiness zone where optimal results are most likely. The back of each plant image includes information essential for successful growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
When planning my garden with PlantSwatch™, where do I start?
How do I establish my garden’s hardiness zone?
How to test my garden’s soil?
There are so many different soil testing kits on the market. We find the best way to approach do-it-yourself soil testing is to review this Almanac article: https://www.almanac.com/content/3-simple-diy-soil-tests