By Stephanie Falzone
Project Manager at San Francisco–based Sustainable Conservation
A website, like a garden, requires good design and maintenance, and sometimes a complete overhaul. That’s what we’ve done with the PlantRight website, which now has even more information to help Californians plant right.
Responsive Design and Mobile Friendly
Our new website uses responsive design, so it fits screens of any size, including tablets and mobile phones. No need to zoom in and out or try to read tiny font.
More Alternatives with More Information
If you’re meeting with a client who is requesting one of the plants on our invasive list, like Mexican feathergrass, you can show them the page for that invasive plant, alongside beautiful photos and information about our suggested alternatives. Each alternative plant now has its own page with information about where it grows best and how to care for it, photos of it in landscapes, and links to more information.
If you are curious about a plant and want to know if we recommend or evaluated it, click the magnifying glass in the top right corner and enter the name.
Alternative Plants All Together
We’ve compiled all of our noninvasive alternatives onto one page. They are grouped by growth type (groundcover, grass, perennial, shrub, tree, and aquatic) and can be filtered by sun and water needs, as well as for California native plants. If you have more alternative plants to suggest, let us know! and send us your photos.
But What About Those Other Plants?
There are many plants we’ve considered over the years but did not meet all of the criteria for addition to the invasive plant list. We’ve called these Plants to Watch. The page for each plant includes a description, information about where it is invasive or of concern in California, its Cal-IPC Inventory listing and Plant Risk Evaluator (PRE) score if applicable, and why it isn’t on our invasive plant list.
We encourage participation in our Continuing Education program. If you have already completed the program, or would just like some educational resources, we’ve put our materials plus links to other resources all on one page.
What to do next:
1. Login to your account at www.PlantRight.org if you have one and check out your new My PlantRight page. If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to create one.
2. Sign up for our email list to stay updated on the PlantRight program.
3. Follow us on social media — we’re on Facebook, Instagram (@_plantright), and Twitter (@_PlantRight).
4. Show us how you plant right! Share photos of your work using noninvasive plants, especially one or more of our suggested alternatives. Email your photos to PlantRight@suscon.org or share on social media and tag us in the photo so we can re-share, and possibly include it in our email list and on our website.
5. Have a noninvasive alternative to suggest, feedback about our website, or more information to add about a plant we discuss on our website? Let us know!
Thank you for being an ally in Planting Right! www.PlantRight.org