Sunset Magazine is a popular magazine that focuses on cooking, gardening and traveling in the western United States. Besides its monthly magazine, the company also produces the Sunset Western Garden Book. Around for more that 80 years, this ultimate guide to growing in western landscapes is now available on the iPad and iPhone.
This latest version of the Western Garden Book has features that are unique to the digital version. Included in between the pages of the book are 30 hands-on videos that'll help you grow a bountiful garden. There's also an interactive slideshow that'll let you see how select plants will look when they are in full bloom. Last, but not least are interactive images, like the very useful Climate Zone Map, that'll help you plant the right mix of plants in your garden.
Besides this interactive content, the Western Garden Book also includes a note-taking feature that lets you add your own content to a plant card. You can record when you planted that variety and report your success or failure with that plant. If you want to go back to a particular plant, you can also bookmark a plant card and retrieve it later. All notes and bookmarks will sync across devices.
The Sunset Western Garden Book is available for US$19.99 from the iOS App Store. It's a bit pricey compared to most apps, but with 1 GB of content, the book is packed full of tried and true tips from gardening experts. Being able to keep all the information you need for a successful garden right at your fingertips is, in my humble opinion, well worth the price of admission.