Gardening app helps you design your future landscape

current.jpgBEFORE: Photo of a small park.

AFTER: Possible future design of a small park as envisioned in the iScape app.

Since I began redesigning and expanding my flower gardens three summers ago, I've moved shrubs and perennials from here to there, from there to yet another spot, trying to find the most aesthetically pleasing combinations of textures and colors, bloom time, and scale. Landscapers do all this arranging on paper, but I have to SEE it.

Now there is a great landscape design app that helps folks like me. iscape comes with a database of plants, and for very little money, you can expand it and even add hardscape elements like benches or stones (99 cents for the hardscape database, another 99 cents for the potting and planters database).

Here is how it works: After you open the app, you take a photo. Then you go to the database and select from a menu of possibilities: grasses or ground covers, shrubs, perennials or annuals, and deciduous, evergreen, or flowering trees. You can type in a name, say, red twig dogwood, or you can simply look through the photos of plants included in the database. When you find one you like, you tap it once, and information will pop up -- the plant's light requirements, hardiness zones, height and width, and features, such as fall color or attractiveness to bees and hummingbirds.

If you tap twice, an image will be imported into your photo.

Now the fun begins. You can move the selected plant around and adjust its size. Do you like what you see? If so, keep it, and return to the database to search for additional elements for this garden bed. If you don't like it, just delete it and start over.

I've included two photos from a bed at my church. A congregant donated a bench in honor of his mother. What a sad little garden this is right now! Only the hydrangeas and azaleas in the background are worth keeping. So, using iscape, I have added two variegated weigelas, a Japanese fern, daylilies, two golden hostas, and two pulmonarias: Much improved.

But the weedy, scraggly grass is a distraction so, using a texture pen, I have filled in the area with grass and then penciled in some cedar mulch. Perhaps this arrangement is what will become the small, memorial garden. But, with iscape, I can play as much as I want until I find a combination that I like even better-- all, without having to dig up anything.

Source: blogs.providencejournal.com


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I agree with this

You can even make one raised bed a water feature.
You can even used old horse troughs.
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