I remember Foulds saying once that nobody comes close to Judd when it comes to plants. Never really understood that.
Ding to me is far and away the best, the number of plants he makes when the object balls are far apart and not even set to the pocket is amazing. In his loss to Judd at the 2019 Worlds he made one almost the length of the table with the two reds about a foot apart!
One of the things I miss with the lack of Canadian players on tour was their planting abilities; they always seemed to be finding 2, 3 even 4 ball plants in the pack. Must have been because the majority came from a Pool background.