I've been considering something like that, myself. I haven't bought any
yet, but just this morning, I read a review of one that sounded
interesting - Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer,
V.7.0. It's available from Amazon.
Quoting from the review, "The software includes a vast array of outdoor
design tools, including a selection of more than 1500 plants, hundreds
of options for furniture, swimming pools and lighting, complete
perennial beds created by the magazine, sprinkler designs, custom
pathways and project cost estimating.
Perhaps the most useful feature of the program is that the design is
visible in three dimensions."
There was a sample printout, showing fencing, paths, and stone-edged
The reviewer also briefly mentioned a free download called "Sketchup",
calling it "fairly intuitive and is for people who know plants but want
a chance to design their own landscape using 3D models". Available at
Another program, nearly twice the price of the BH&G one, is "Horticopia"
- info at <horticopia.com>.
I haven't yet tried any of these - if you do, please post on your results.
The problem with Sketchup might be the availability of 3d models for
specific plants if you want to get that detailed. You could probably get
a better end result but it would involve more work than the dedicated
Sketchup free, don`t think has the `sandbox` feature of the full money
version that is specifically aimed at landscaping.
Plant and tree models are fairly plentiful, apart from 3d Warehouse a
lot have been posted to the Sketchup Pro forums.
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