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  • Thanks KT, I am in the process of buying a new house with quite a big garden so am going to save it until we move if everything goes to plan. Blank canvas, pretty much all grass. Trying not to get too excited.

    I thought it might be one for biofreak to check out if they are still looking.

  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 983

    Thanks Mozigual -Will take a look, although current plans in brain going well. All Taller shrubs and grasses now in place, now working on smaller in-between planting. Looking to mow paths that will weave around lawn to Potager with Raised Beds flanked by Companion plants and Herbs. Leaving hedgerows fully intact as have been picking wonderful blackberries and cobnuts, and the Shrubbery that backs onto the house is full of berries for the birds so just a gentle trim except for the variagated dogwood which is very pretty but seems to grow outwards like a Triffid at an uncontrollable pace! As a biodynamic gardener, I am keen to integrate flowers and fruit next year, so would be interested to know some companion plants for currants and gooseberries?

  • Jim71Jim71 Posts: 3

    As previously mentioned Google Sketchup is free and can produce good results. There are lots of free resources including some plants and trees you can use but the selection is not extensive. Here are some samples of finished designs I have done using it.

    It's suitability really depends on what you want or need from the software, if you are looking for something that will help and guide you through the design process, this is not it. However if you already have some firm idea and want to test it or calculate materials then Sketchup is a fantastic tool, even if it does take some real effort to learn to use it.

    Probably the best software I have used is Vectorworks with the Landmark bolt on. I didn't find it very easy to use for 3D work but it is superb for planting plans and layouts. However it does cost ££££'s.

  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 983

    Thanks for update. Sketchup certainly fits the bill for me. No major earthworks to do so don't need all singing and dancing app, just ideas for planting in very different sections of garden ranging from gravel to a very very boggy area where I have plonked a Gunnera who is very very happy -Now I need some plants to add to him that will put up with sudden rise in water level after rain. Would marginal plants work best for this -Worried about suffocating roots.

  • Happy to pay for a garden design app, can anyone recommend one?

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,573


    I use and recommend Garden Planner. See info on my garden site at

    and the plan of my garden at

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • KT53KT53 South WestPosts: 6,820

    That looks really good Papi Jo.  How easy / difficult is it to master?

  • Does this work on a Mac? It looks really good and a cheap price.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,573


    It depends on your own mastery of the computer. There is a little learning curve, but the included instructions are good.


    Yes, there is a Windows and a Mac version too.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • KT53KT53 South WestPosts: 6,820

    I'm pretty computer savvy.  There's a free trial so I think I'll download it and give it a try.  Absolutely nothing to lose.  Thanks for the link.

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