Free landscape design programs include SmartDraw, Garden Planner, DreamPlan and Plangarden. These programs provide tools that assist in planning landscape projects of any size on any terrain.
SmartDraw allows designers to create landscape designs, garden designs and other landscaping plans through customizing available templates and pre-made examples. The program contains most landscape design features, including planters, rocks, pathways, patio sets, pools, fountains and ponds. It also has a feature that lets designers export complete landscape plans to any Microsoft Office application. The application runs in a web browser, and there is a free trial for Windows computers.
The Garden Planner software lets designers create, save and print landscape plans from scratch. The software also comes with several in-built plans, objects and tools that the designer can use to customize and preview projects before printing. Its trial version puts a watermark on each printout and only lasts 15 days.
The DreamPlan home design software provides a realistic 3D model for planning exterior landscaping and garden spaces. The application works on Windows, Mac OS X and Android platforms. Plangarden is a web-based tool made exclusively for vegetable gardeners. Designers can use the application to plan, design and lay out a virtual garden as well as track gardening and harvesting activities. Plangarden's free trial lasts 45 days.