Plantastic apps for the home gardener

Succulents and plants around the home seem to be a growing trend. When it comes to sprucing up your home and changing your indoor aesthetic, a few greens can go a long way!

For over half a century, scientific studies have found that plants are good for our overall health and happiness. If you think about it, that’s a lot of solid evidence!

Plants provide cleaner air, lower your risk of illness, boost your mood, and enhance your concentration and memory. A famous NASA experiment in 1989 found that plants are successful at purifying the air, however this research was completed in a highly controlled environment and if you break it down your home would need about 680 plants for the same effect. No-one needs a couch, right?

Although it may not be realistic to fill the house from top to bottom with plants, you can opt to get plants to boost your overall health and happiness and put them in a place in the room that is great for you and them. If you’re limited on indoor space, you may like to get started on a veggie garden, or why not go the whole hog and do over the whole garden? If space is limited or you can’t find one for you, maybe these apps will convince you to at least adopt a desk plant.

Plant Life

Plant Life Balance

Plant Life Balance is a super fun way to green-ify each room in your house – and it’s an Aussie born and bred app! Drawing on results from a study carried out by RMIT University, just one plant can be said to improve indoor air quality by 25%!

This app allows you to upload photos of your space and find out how the health and wellbeing of each room rates based on how many plants you have in it. You can then choose from one of the seven ‘living looks’ and drag and drop your favourite plants into your room to see how they will make your space healthier and more relaxing. The app has a selection of over 90 plants but don’t worry, you won’t need to remember them all! Shopping for your plants is made easy with a shopping list to take along to your local nursey and you can be sure to keep them thriving with a plant guide and care tips.

You can get this app for free on the App Store or Google Play.



Going insane because you can’t work out what that plant is? Lucky for you, there’s an app that is pretty much Shazam for your plants! Pl@ntNet is a tool that allows you to identify plants using photos, much like Shazam helps you identify a song using audio. That means next time you’re on a walk and dying to know what that gorgeous plant is, all you have to do is aim that camera and upload a photo!

When you upload a photo, the images are automatically compared to the thousands of images in the apps botanical databases. A list of plants is then proposed and it’s up to you to do the match making. For best results ensure to upload pictures that are focused on one organ against a plain background.

This app is a citizen science project developed by scientists from four French research organisations (Cirad, INRA, Inria and IRD).

You can get this app for free on the App Store or Google Play. Don’t have a smart phone? Use the online version.



Having trouble keeping that veggie garden thriving? Gardenate makes gardening easy by helping the home gardener keep their garden growing and producing food. Just set your climate zone, choose the month, then check out the list of over 90 edible plants and herb suggestions of plants that can be grown in your zone and when to plant them based on the time of the year.

Gardenate is a home-grown app developed by Chris Hutchinson with the help of his green-thumbed mother, Liz Hutchinson. Chris lives in Aus and Liz lives in New Zealand, which means there are great plant suggestions for people living in these zones!

You can get this app for $1.49 on the App Store and $1.10 on Google Play. Don’t have a smart phone? Use the online version.

Home Design

Home Design 3D Outdoor & Garden

Home Design 3D Outdoor & Garden will help you to visualise your garden design. Whether you want to design your ideal outdoor space, see how a pool would look, or create a play area for the kids, this app has the tools you need!

Simply add in the exact dimensions of your boundaries and mark out the different areas on the ground, including your house. Then just drag and drop 2D or 3D items and edit the dimensions to match your garden space. If you’re keen to design indoors too, you can get the Home Design App but keep in mind that the free version doesn’t let you save or share your designs.

You can get the Freemium edition of this for free or the Gold edition for $9.99 on the App Store or Google Play.


Do you have a go to app that you find absolutely plantastic? Share it with us in the comments!


  1. Jan says:

    Unfortunately Pl@ntNet only covers introduced ornamental species. The really difficult plants to identify, the Australian natives, aren’t there.

    For identifying any of the 894 native Australian eucalypts, there is the excellent interactive key “Euclid” by CSIRO.

  2. Sally says:

    FYI – gardenate isn’t free

  3. Pip says:

    Fantastic, I love gardening and these apps look like a great help. Thanks for the blog!

  4. Jo says:

    planetnet looks awesome. is there a similar thing for insects? have weird awesome caterpillars occasionally and would love to know which species they are

  5. Wrongway says:

    Gardenate is a really great little app very useful for managing the vege patch

  6. Mira says:

    Jo, fantastic app for identifying pests if you’re in WA; ‘My Pest Guide’
    It’s a reporter app, which helps WA Ag Dept keep an eye on introduced/problem species, but also provides the user with detailed identification reports. It’s fantastic