Paid Programs

For $70, homeowners can upgrade their landscape designs into three dimensions, and add GPS terrain data. Chief Architect Landscaping and Deck Designer is one of the best-selling landscape software programs. It lets you simultaneously design in two-dimensions and three dimensions, offering an overhead view of the full yard while adding slopes and elevations. It also allows you to view the design as you would from the street.

 

You can choose from more than 3,600 plants, with detailed information about each species, and the "Grow Plants Slider Tool" shows how plants will look across a span of 20 years. The program also automatically generates a running cost estimate and materials list. This package is notable for the array of customizable deck options and water features.

 

For about the same price, The Punch Home and Landscape Design Suite offers fewer landscaping options, but adds interior design options if you are upgrading your home's inside and outside at the same time.