June 17, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Novice and experienced gardeners alike can now, without ever leaving home, indulge their plant lust by finding the nurseries and garden centers to satisfy their botanical yearnings. Plant Lust is a new simple but comprehensive online plant guide offering easily accessible multiple nursery plant descriptions with cultural requirements and photos, on a fully searchable in a single site.
Gardeners can browse by specific plant names, plant types, garden conditions, leaf and flower color, USDA hardiness zone, plant category, sun exposure, or by characteristics such as fragrant, self-sowing, or clumping.
Agave-attenuata-‘Variegata’ contributed by Kara Nursery. Photo: Kara Nursery.
Users will benefit from detailed, rich results from multiple nurseries, accompanied by a variety of photos of each plant from gardeners around the world–all this, say the developers, without any annoying ads or pop-ups.
The nursery industry will have the opportunity of showcasing their plants while educating gardeners with Plant Lust’s free, interactive platform from which gardeners can learn more about the nursery’s plant collection. Nurseries can easily sign up to contribute by completing Plant Lust’s online form.
Echevaria cumbre contributed by Kara Nursery. Photo: Kara Nursery.
Although Plant Lust is just getting off the ground, with close to 10,000 plants and 15,000 photos in their current database, they are busy collecting information about plants offered by nurseries, growers, and educators, adding new plants every day.
Plant Lust has a lot of exciting future developments in the works, including wish-lists where gardeners can track plants they are lusting for and then place mail-orders with multiple nurseries from one single single location.
Plant Lust was founded by three Portland area gardeners, Megan Hansen, Loree Bohl, and Patricia Cunningham, who felt that finding plants online could be much easier and more inspiring. With professional backgrounds in web design, marketing, and product catalog management, they saw an opportunity to help gardeners find amazing plants and nurseries–and satisfy their plant lust.
Indulge yourself or become a contributor at plantlust.com