Here is a list of Best Free Landscape Design Software For Windows. Download these freeware on your PC and design your own landscape. In these software, you will find a number of objects which you can use to decorate a landscape. A number of shapes (rectangle, ellipse, circle, polygon, etc.) are available in these software. Use these shapes to draw different objects, like swimming pool, walls, path, etc. You can also create different segments in your landscape to grow different plants.
As you explore the list, you will also find a garden design software which has a lot of plant species. Species of a number of fruits, vegetables, flowering plants, and other trees are available in that software. Besides this, some other objects like path, lawn, etc. are also available in it.
My favorite landscape design software for Windows:
Virtual Garden is my favorite landscaping software. It is the only software in this run-down which comes with a 3D walk-through feature. After designing a garden/landscape, you can walk through the design and analyze it in real time. Moreover, it also lets you decorate your landscape with different objects, like furniture, fountain, etc.
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Virtual Garden is one of the best landscape design software. With this software, you can design your own garden layout, no matter whether you have any professional skill or not. It comes with three well-designed templates. You can either use these templates to design a garden or start from scratch.
You can play the tutorial in the software to know how to use this free landscaping software. The tutorial guides you throughout the software and shows you the use of each tool to design a garden.
If you start from scratch, first of all, you have to enter the approximate dimensions of the garden which you are going to construct. These dimensions can be entered either in Meters or Feet. But, there is a maximum limit to enter these dimensions. You cannot design a garden with dimensions greater than 50 Meters or 164 Feet. When you are done, click on OK button and start designing the layout of your garden.
Initially, you will get an empty space showing the dimensions you entered. Design the layout of your garden and click Confirm button. After that, you have to select the type of boundaries for your garden, like Wooden Fence, Wall, etc. After confirming the layout of the garden, you can save it and decorate it with the available objects. You will find three categories of objects to decorate your garden, namely, Landscapes, Plants, and Objects.
- Landscapes: Here, you will find various Deckings, Ground Covers (grass, soil, slate, gravel, etc.), and Ponds (natural pond and modern pond).
- Plants: A number of plant species are available in the software. Some of these include Biennials, Bulbs, Climbers, Deciduous Plants, Evergreen Plants, Ferns, Grasses, and much more. Lots of plants are available for each type of species. For example, if I choose Evergreen Plants, I will find Choisa (Mexican orange blossom), Laurus nobilis (Sweet bay), Phyllostachys nigra (Black bamboo), etc. All the plant species are displayed with their biological names. Click on a plant species to know more details about it, like its common name, characteristics, etc.
- Objects: You will find various types of objects to decorate your garden. These objects include furniture, sheds, greenhouses, etc.
The best part of this free landscaping software is that you can navigate through your designed garden.
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Kitchen Garden Aid
Kitchen Garden Aid is another good landscaping software after Virtual Garden in this list. This freeware comes with a good number of objects that you can use to decorate your garden. But unlike Virtual Garden, it lacks furniture and other wooden objects.
This software is developed to design a garden in which you can grow different types of vegetables. You will find lots of fruits and vegetables, which you can use to mark in your layout. Some of the fruits and vegetables include Alfalfa, Apple, Basil, Bean, Beetroot, Bell pepper, Blueberry, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chard, Cherry tomato, Coriander, Corn salad, Eggplant, Flax, Hemp, Hop, Hyssop, Leek, Lemon balm, and many more. Besides fruits and vegetables, it also has some flowering plants and trees, like Petunia, Poppy, Pot Marigold, Safflower, Saffron, Tulip, Wormwood, Tobacco, etc.
Concrete material is provided in the software to design the boundaries of the landscape. Apart from this, you can apply grass in the lawn, design path in your garden, etc.
A search option is provided in the software, so that you can search for a proper plant species in the list. If you know the family name of species of plants, you can also search them with the same.
Some general features of this free landscape design software:
- You can export your designed layout in different image formats, like JPG, BMP, PNG, JPEG, etc.
- It lets you save your project on your computer.
- You can also take a printout of your designed landscape.
- This software is available in more than 10 languages, including English, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, etc.
- Not enough objects to design a garden.
- 3D view is not available.
NOTE: Do install JAVA on your system before installing this software.
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Gdn Planner is yet another free landscape design software for Windows.
As you launch the software, you will be shown a default landscape design. You can either edit that design or create a new one. A number of shapes are available in the software, like polygon, rectangle, ellipse, etc. You can draw any shape on your model and upload any image in its background. For example, if I want to draw a swimming pool in my layout, I can do that by drawing a rectangular shape and uploading an image of water in its background (as shown in the above screenshot). Besides this, you can also add a custom background to your entire design.
The 3 Dimensional mode for viewing your designed model is not available here. Moreover, the number of objects to decorate your designed model of garden are less as compared to the Virtual Garden. Here, you will find door, grape-vine, car, flower bed, apple tree, fire, faucet, etc.
All in all, Gdn Planner is a very simple garden design software, which can be used to design a basic landscape layout.
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