What are the best landscape design software?

Back in the day, people would collect clippings from magazines and use a sheet of paper to sketch their DIY plan for a garden or landscape. But now that we are in the digital era, there are free and paid landscape design software to help you design the perfect yard layout. Check them out now! 

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    #1AutoCAD

    AutoCAD
    AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software that allows you to design every detail with 2D and 3D and share drawings across desktop, cloud, and mobile.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Han Han
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "I'm a drafter for an architect on landscapes. Been using the AutoCAD Architecture for this purpose. This software has been our staple for all drafting projects we have. Various command tools really come in handy. I often use the auto-command for quicker work. Then saving our works in the cloud is really helpful as I can view DWGs anywhre I go."
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    #2Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Helen Lee
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "I use this to apply full colors on the landscapes being designed by the architect. We need such materials for the brochure, and Illustrator is so much more convenient for me than Photoshop."
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    #3Virtual Architect Home & Landscape

    Virtual Architect Home & Landscape

    Virtual Architect Home & Landscape Platinum Suite 7.0 provides some helpful guidance as you design a new landscape for your property, and you get systematic instructions as you progress from one task to the next.

    Software

    Windows

    $49.99

    Ramón Guillén
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "Virtual Architect is a new software that will help you design your dream landscape or yard. It has a lot of great features that can save you a lot of time trying to do it with experience or trial by error. The archtiect also helps you with your decor in your home to help keep your home looking fresh and new."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Landscaping is a field of art that combines the elements of design--such as color, line, form, texture, and scale--and science to develop a functional and aesthetically pleasing extension of indoor living to the outdoors as defined by Dewayne Ingram. Another concept to consider is garden design—it is a branch of landscape design that deals with private spaces and private goods. Consequently, landscape architecture is a profession, and the term was coined by Gilbert Laing Meason.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Australia is considered to be the landscape design capital in the world? Statistics reveal that among all the countries, it has the most number of landscape architects with an estimate of 3, 500 active and engaged landscape architects according to the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). Interestingly, did you also know that Bliss, a landscape photography taken by Charles O’Rear in 1996 is the most viewed landscape in the world? You might not be familiar with the name but surely you have seen the default computer wallpaper of Microsoft Windows XP operating system—yes, that wallpaper is the Bliss! It is believed to have seen by at least 1 billion people based on the number of Windows XP copies that were sold worldwide. According to an article recently posted on Forbes, landscape design trends this year include a focus on bringing indoors out as many of the clients want to bring and extend the comfortable feels of home outdoors.

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    #4Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20

    Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20
    Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20 provides a complete set of tools to plan, design, and visualize your outdoor spaces. Design your landscaping with a drop in landscaping, or create your own with the extensive plant library.
    Software

    Windows

    $39.99

    Jordan Hayes
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio is a great resource for designing landscapes and outdoor space. It is easy to use, and provided me with great options and ideas for my landscape design. You can browse hundreds of ideas and design and model your own space using the software and then use your design to make it a reality. Highly recommended."
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    #5Home Designer Suite

    Home Designer Suite
    Home Designer Suite is a home and landscaping design software product that lets you see what you are creating and make it your own. You can work in 3D and prepare the perfect outdoor area to make your landscape truly outstanding.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99

    Aaron Taylor
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "I like that this app allows me to design the home and landscape. It helps me come up with ideas and see how things will look before starting a project. I like that the software has a wide variety of plants."
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    #6Marshalls Garden Visualiser

    Marshalls Garden Visualiser
    Garden Visualiser is a visualisation software program that lets you create amazing 3D garden designs for free. Create your own bespoke step features, garden walls with pillars and garden paths, or add an image of your own home.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Louis Estrada
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "This garden visualizer was such a breath of fresh air! When designing my garden I used this website and it made the process easy and painless. Its complete with a garden visualizer and a driveway visualizer so I planned out exactly what I wanted my garden to look like ideally then made it happen. Definitely a great tool and I would recommend it to anyone who is landscaping a garden!"
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    #7Realtime Landscaping Pro

    Realtime Landscaping Pro
    Realtime Landscaping is a professional landscaping software that enables your plans and ideas to come to life on screen. Including authentic objects real plants trees and shrubs, this software can handle the most demanding landscaping plans.
    Software

    Windows

    $99.95- Varies by plan

    Gustavo Rubio
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "this is a really fun piece of software that allows you to customize your ideal yard. i like that they do not just have options for plants (and they have quite an extensive library in that regard!), but allow you to add structures to your design, such as pools, ponds, decks, patios, and gazebos. they also allow you to customize what plants you select based on what type of region / climate you live in. lots of fun to play with!"
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    #8SketchUp

    SketchUp

    SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is free 3D modeling design software which was developed by Trimble Inc. It is also available as a web-based application named SketchUp Free and paid version SketchUp Pro. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Vibhore Khan
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "I availed the pro version becausemy design business is booming due to many clients. I do handrafted designs on paper first before transcribing the rough draft to the computer. This is where I render my 3D designs and even put patterns on it for the landscape."
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    #9Legacy iScape

    Legacy iScape is a landscape design app for DIY and Pros. With this app you can easily create and share virtual designs of outdoor spaces.  Just snap a photo of your garden and then use the app to add new features to the image, like trees and other plants, water features and gravel paths.


    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Terry Reynolds
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "I am not sure how I ever designed the gardens around my home before iScape. This app makes coming up with ideas on how you want to design your garden space so easy. I've been toying with the idea of building a low deck in my backyard with built in garden spaces. After I used iScape I was able to get a more clear picture and I could tweak as I went. It's really cool. "
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    #10Garden Plan Pro

    Garden Plan Pro
    Garden Plan Pro is a tool for laying out your growing areas, planning your planting and preparing for the future. You can make use of the apps built-in plant selection or create your own, with all the relevant details.
    Apps

    iOS

    $7.99

    Eugene Allen
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "Last year, my garden was a mess. I think I spilled my tomato seeds or something, because I had these neat little rows mapped out mentally, but it ended up being mostly tomatoes everywhere, and I ran out of space for my peppers. This year, I used Garden Plan Pro to sort everything out, with a real game plan instead of some mock-up in my mind. Now my tomatoes are healthy, my peppers are looking awesome, and I even have my bumper crop of cabbage coming in."
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    #11NCH Dreamplan Home Design

    NCH Dreamplan Home Design

    DreamPlan Home Design Software is Home and Landscape Planning and Design Software which helps users to design and create floor plans, rooms, houses, gardens, furnishings, color themes, and other home design elements.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Wu Pasang
    Written on April 23, 2019
    "DreamPlan is a great software for planing landscaping and outdoor design projects. You can download additional libraries of content and make things like gardens, flowerbeds, decks, fences, and all of that."
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    #12PRO Landscape

    PRO Landscape
    PRO Landscape Companion is a Landscape and Garden Design Tablet App for iPad and Android Tablets. You can create landscape designs instantly using your tablet app. Simply snap a picture of a property, then drag and drop your design ideas for an immediate positive impression.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Douglas Watkins
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "This software is the best that I have found for doing landscape work with. It's really easy to use and will everything that I need it do. It's very comprehensive and I can lay out even the most complex designs with relative ease, sure beats a pencil and pad like the old days!"
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    #13PRO Landscape Home

    PRO Landscape Home
    PRO Landscape Home gives homeowners the tools they need to redesign their landscapes. Users start with a photo of their home or garden and then add plants, materials and features. PRO Landscape also offers design apps for professional landscapers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christina Fields
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "This is an awesome tool to get an idea of some landscaping before you go ahead and do it. Landscaping is a big job so this makes life so much easier by allowing you to see what your finished product will look like before it's done. Also, if you're unsure of what to do with your yard, this gives plenty of room to be creative and make changes. The app is easy to use, fun, creative, and has lots of choices. I'd recommend this to anybody looking to spruce up their yard but might be lacking a bit of direction."

Summary

Best What are the best landscape design software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AutoCADSoftware 21 Paid
2Adobe Illustrator CCSoftware 21 Paid
3Virtual Architect Home & LandscapeSoftware 16 Paid
4Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20Software 16 Paid
5Home Designer SuiteSoftware 14 Paid
6Marshalls Garden VisualiserSoftware 11 Free
7Realtime Landscaping ProSoftware 10 Paid
8SketchUpSoftware 9 Free
9Legacy iScapeApps 7 Paid
10Garden Plan ProApps 2 Paid
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