landscape/planting for new house


Old 03-02-06, 05:50 AM
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landscape/planting for new house

I just bought a rather simple colonial that is in need of landscaping (plants only). The beds are pretty much dirt and I cannot afford to hire a professional landscaper. Is there any software out there (for dummies) that will design this for me? How about interactive web sites that do this for a small fee. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-02-06, 09:57 AM
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I've used the Professional Home Design Platinum by Punch for testing landscaping ideas.

The drawbacks are that not every plant you want to look at is included but you can usually find something similar enough to get an idea. You won't find every color you want either, but you can get a really good idea of sizes and shapes - for instance if you want a 4' tall shrub or a 6' flowering.

Another drawback is that you don't see the landscape at various times during the year or growing cycle. However, it is an excellent tool for getting a general idea of where you want things such as trees, beds, hedges and pathways. I believe you can even import in a photo of your house.

The GardenWeb forums are also a excellent resource for ideas.

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