iPhone’s Visual Lookup feature is a must-have gardening tool

Now spring is here and we’re venturing into our backyards. Once more, you might be looking to try your hand at some gardening. For seasoned horticulturists, stepping out into the wilderness of an overgrown winter garden is a walk in the park, but for anyone less familiar with botany, this unknown territory can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know what plants you’re dealing with with.

If this situation sounds familiar and you have an iPhone, you’re in luck. What you probably didn’t know is that the hand-held device you use every day has a nifty built-in feature that helps you to identify plants (as well as birds and insects) with just the touch of a button. No more guessing what bush at the end of your backyard might be or writing a description of that mysterious flower in a search engine, now you can let your phone do it all for you. Here’s how.

An iPhone screen display showing the visual look up feature searching for a picture of a rose

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Before you even get to grips with your garden, it helps to know what existing flowers, shrubs and trees you’re dealing with in your outdoor spaces already. You might be quick to run to download a plant identifier app, but did you know that your Apple iPhone actually has something built into your camera roll that you can use?