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How to list 'In my garden' plants

  • How to list 'In my garden' plants
  • How to list 'In my garden' plants
  • How to list 'In my garden' plants
  • How to list 'In my garden' plants

We all lose plant tags and forget plant names, so GreenPlantSwap has a simple way for you to make a permanent list of the plants in your garden. With this list you will always know what they are and what they need.

Top right of each plant record in the Plant Finder is an 'In my garden' YES/NO toggle. Click it to YES when you find your plant and your listing will be made. That's it, just one click! (Fig. 1)

Identifying the plant in the first place, however, can be a challenge. Here are three ways to go about it:

  1. If you know the common or botanical name of the plant, search for that in the Plant Finder then check it is your plant (common names often apply to several plants).

  2. If you don't know the specific name, but know the plant type, enter the genus name only (e.g. Acer, Hosta or Rosa) in the Plant Finder. This will bring up images of all the plants in that genus to browse.

  3. If you don't know the genus and/or can't find the plant, then take a photo or two to post here in Talk Gardening. One of our helpful members will most likely identify it for you.

The listings you make then appear in two places:

  1. In 'Listings' where you can add your own notes or photos and edit the list. You can find Listings under your account name top right of this screen. (Fig. 2 & 3)

  2. On your Grower page (if you choose) so other gardeners can see what you might be able to swap or provide a cutting from. (Fig. 4)

Once you have made your listing, you can click on it at any time to see the growing information. You can even click (in Listings) to swap or sell the plant when you have grown more than you need.

Any questions do ask below.

Comments (6)

  1. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    This is such a great feature!
    I have already listed 228 of the plants in my tiny garden and there are more to come. And it is especially useful since you can add any plant, even if it should not be in the database yet, using the ‘Full name known, but not found in Plant Finder list’ function. I also like being able to ad my own photos, and also that I can add notes to describe perhaps unusual things about the individual plants.

    For me as a grower it makes a huge difference to visit another grower’s page when I can see exactly what they grow and get an impression of which plants we could possibly swap.

  2. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    Whole heartedly agree with Helene - the best function, I think, is being able to add a plant's full name even if it's not in the database.

    I'm slowly working my way through my plant list and at the moment, I'm finding it easiest to do when they are flowering or looking at their best - makes for the best pictures to add to the site.

  3. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Thank you both for drawing attention to the added feature we have for listing plants that cannot be found in the Plant Finder.

    This is how it works:

    a) If you know the genus name (e.g. Acer, Hosta, Rosa) of the plant but cannot find what species or cultivar it is in the Plant Finder


    b) If you know the specific plant name, but cannot find it listed in the Plant Finder

    What you do is go to the genus page for the plant in question (e.g. Acer, Hosta, Rosa) and click 'Add a plant' under the 'In my garden' heading. See Fig 1.

    A panel below this will then appear on which you can select to make a 'variety unknown' listing or enter the second part of the name yourself. See Fig. 2.

    Hope that's clear.

    • How to list 'In my garden' plants
    • How to list 'In my garden' plants
  4. Grower


    I love this new feature but it will take me all year to list my garden unless the weather is really awful.
    I have at least 8 different hemerocallis plants all with lost labels but all big enough to split.

  5. Grower


    Wonderful idea, however there go my bank holiday plans if I spend too long on this! Although... raining heavily outside at the moment but I also have so much paperwork to do..... Just started to list some of my many (cranesbill) geraniums many which are named varieties but have also acquired many from NGS plant sales which are 'nameless'.

  6. Grower

    The GPS Team

    The 'Yes/No' buttons have now been replaced with a simple tick box. Listings otherwise works just the same as described above.

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