It's possible to design a flower garden on a computer by using BHG, Small Blue Printer or Garden Puzzle's online designers. Each tool allows users to create virtual images of gardens.
The BHG garden planner tool allows users to create an aerial view of their ideal flower garden. Users must create a free account to use the tool. In addition to adding flowers, users can include buildings, sheds and fences, which allows them to make a design that's close to their garden's shape. The drag and drop tool allows users to select items and add them to the plan. Users can save plans and print them.
Small Blue Printer allows users to add trees, shrubs, flowers and plants to their garden. Registration isn't necessary, but users who want to save their plans need to download a free trial. The Max Grid tool makes creating an accurate yard size possible, and the rotating function helps users change the position of their plants. Additionally, a shadow function allows users to add their yard's existing shadows so they can determine where to place plants that need light to grow. After completing the plan, users can download a list of plants to take to a garden center.
Garden Puzzle offers an alternative to those who don't want an aerial view of their plans. After adding in background scenery, such as fences, users can blend shrubs, plants and flowers to gain a rough idea of color schemes that work together. This tool allows users to place specific plants and shrubs immediately. The surfacing tool allows users with patios and bricks to create surfaces they can plant around. Users can zoom into the image for a clearer look, and they can download JPG pictures or print their work.