Developing The Interactive Plant Features Tool

Developing The Interactive Plant Features Tool

The ultimate aim of this research is a user-friendly Interactive Plant Features Tool that offers you the ability to select the right plants for your region. Covering all of Australia's major urban climate zones, this Plant Selector will give you confidence that you are choosing plants that have been tested for your region and that are available in your region from selected nurseries. The Interactive Plant Features Tool is due out in 2021.

  • Commencing: June 2020
  • Completion: June 2021

Australia's Most Informed Interactive Plant Features Tool

The interactive database will use the data collected in Modules 1, 2 and 3 to build a national tool that helps to select plants against a range of filters. Previously-developed tools provide a good number of options to select plants for purpose, colour, flowering, height or availability, but there are none that are backed by extensive testing of plants under current and future climatic conditions.

The Interactive Plant Features Tool aims to offer a large range of filters that include not just plant features but also factors such as safety,
amenity value, location and co-benefits. This comprehensive tool will provide guidance and the understanding needed for successful urban plantings across Australia’s urban environment now and into the future.

Major planned features of the Interactive Plant Features Tool

  • Maps that show the changes in climate suitability for plants under predicted climate change scenarios
  • Filters that reflect common urban planting needs, such as rooftops, verges, water-sensitive design, parks or urban forests.

Value-added characteristics may include heat mitigation, wildlife and biodiversity benefits, pollinator-friendliness or tolerance to urban constraints such as footpaths.

The expected release date of the Interactive Plant Features Tool is 2021.

Best-Practice Technical Design Guide

Supporting the Interactive Plant Features Tool will be a technical design guide that bases its recommendations for urban plantings on the best research and industry knowledge available.