Adding a Plant
Realtime Landscaping Architect includes thousands of plants
commonly used in landscape designs around the world.
To add a plant:
1. Click Add
2. Select the desired
plant by clicking the picture in the property window. (See below for a
description of how to find the plant you're looking for.)
3. Click to add the
plant. Hold Ctrl while you click to add more than one.
Plant Types: Models and Pictures
Plants come in one of two forms, models or pictures. Models
are three-dimensional objects that look realistic from any viewpoint. Plant
models have the option of swaying in the wind during a realtime walkthrough.
Pictures are photographs of real plants. The background has
been removed so they can be seamlessly placed in your landscape designs.
Pictures are usually more realistic looking than models, and the selection is
much better. Of course, since they are pictures, they don't react to wind during
a realtime walkthrough. Plant pictures are always upright. By default they will
automatically rotate to face you as you adjust the viewpoint in the perspective
view, but you can set them to a specific angle if desired.
Using the Choose Artwork dialog
The Choose Artwork dialog helps you find the plant you're
looking for. In addition, the botanical name, category (annual, perennial, tree,
shrub, cactus), planting zones, and mature height are also displayed for the
currently selected plant.
If you're looking for a specific plant, click Search. See
Searching for Plants for
In the plan view, plants are rendered as symbols instead of
pictures or models. A wide variety of professionally hand-drawn symbols is
included, and you can create your own if desired. See Plant Symbols for details.
Setting a Plant's Starting Age
Realtime Landscaping Architect sets the starting age for
each plant to a default value. You can change the starting age as needed to
reflect a plant's actual age. For example, if your landscape includes an
existing oak tree that is 10 years old, you would set the starting age to
The following example shows an American Arborvitae with a
starting age of 3, 5, and 7 years.
The age of a plant is the sum of the plant growth and the
plant's starting age. For example, suppose your landscape has an existing
American Arborvitae that is already 5 years old. You would set the Starting
Age property to 5, and the tree size will be automatically recalculated as
You can also see how your plants would look over time using
the Plant Growth feature. See Setting Plant
Growth for more information.
Note: Plant growth will vary based on soil
conditions, hardiness zones, species, and other factors. Please consult your
local nursery for more detailed information about specific plants you're
planning to use in your landscape design.
Creating Custom Plants
You can expand the library of available plants using the
wizards. There are several methods you can use. To import a 3D model of a plant,
use the Model Import Wizard. To import a
picture of a plant, use the Picture Import
Wizard. To create a custom plant using the currently selected plant, use the
Plant Creation Wizard.
Searching for Plants
Picture Import Wizard
Model Import Wizard
Plant Creation Wizard
Model Creation Wizard
Symbol Creation Wizard
Setting Object Properties