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Intelligent Garden Design Software

How does the Weatherstaff PlantingPlanner work?

The PlantingPlanner is designed to get you generating plans with minimum effort.

The program is arranged in five screens:

  1. Design Layout
  2. Styles and Conditions
  3. Boundaries
  4. Positioning existing plants
  5. The Plan
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1. Design Layout

Draw out your garden border using the on-screen Drawing Tools.

This software is not a landscape design tool – the emphasis is on creating planting schemes for your borders.

However, do check out the extensive Help features – there is a wealth of information to help you make decisions about the overall look of your garden, including articles on General Layout, Garden Styles, Disguising Garden Shapes and many more.

The Weatherstaff PlantingPlanner intelligent garden design software - Design Layout screen

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2. Styles and Conditions

Select your preferred planting style and colour scheme.

What’s your style? – Cottage Garden or Contemporary? Wild Naturalistic or City/Courtyard? Prairie-style or Mediterranean? Romantic or Woodland?

Do you want a wildlife-friendly garden? Low maintenance?

Do you need to protect children from poisonous plants? Or protect your plants from urban pollution or seaside winds?

Choose your colour scheme and associated mood. Do you want vibrant or restful? Hot colours or rich harmonies?

Enter information about the soil and light conditions in your garden.

Help panels provide background information for the beginner gardener.

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3. Boundaries

Use the Drawing Tools to mark out the different sections of the border’s boundary.

Is your border backed by a fence, surrounded by grass or bordered by a hedge?

Do you need to screen off a utility area?

Do you want to clothe walls or fences with climbers?

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4. Positioning existing plants

Re-vamping a tired border?

Use the Pre-positioned Plants screen to position existing plants - around which you can then generate your plan.

5. The Plan

When you are happy with all your choices, your tailor-made planting plan is generated and displayed on this screen.

Not sure if it’s the right one for you? Create another one …. And another….

Each plan comes with colour photographs, descriptions and full maintenance advice for individual plants.

The maintenance schedule provides a useful guide to prioritising garden jobs for the time-pressed gardener, by differentiating between significant, beneficial and low priority tasks. Detailed and specific information is provided for every plant, including advice on watering, mulching, feeding, pruning, cutting back, staking, winter protection and dividing.

Print out your personal Plant Shopping List. And get gardening!

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View a demo of the PlantingPlanner

Advanced Interactive Features

The Weatherstaff PlantingPlanner includes Advanced Interactive Features to enable you to further tailor your plan:

Precisely place favourite plants on your plan by:


Substitute a plant selected by the PlantingPlanner for one of your own choosing.


Lock selected plants that you particularly like in place - then re-generate a new plan around them.


Exclude certain plants from an area of your plan.

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The Weatherstaff PlantingPlanner garden design software for creating tailor-made planting plans

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