Plan-a-Garden Help

Getting started with your garden design.


Selecting Plants and Structures

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Getting a Better View

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When I zoom in on my design, my design seems to disappear.

Each time you zoom in or out, the workspace re-centers itself. For example, if your design is near the left edge and you zoom in, you will need to pan to the left using the left-pointing pan arrow.

I can't see plants or structures under the trees.

You can temporarily "turn off" the trees by clicking the "Hide Trees" button. To bring back the trees, click the same button (which now will say "Show Trees.")

When I drag trees to my design, they don't appear on the workspace.

Check to see that the "Hide Trees" button is in place. If you see a "Show Trees" button, you will need to click the button to show the trees you are dragging to the workspace.

The program freezes or looks odd on my computer.

Plan-a-Garden works best with "Flash Player 6" installed on your computer. This small program works with your web browser. To obtain this program free, click the link below.

Also, Plan-a-Garden runs best on a PC with browser versions 5 or later. To check your version number, click the Help menu above, then select About . . . If you need to update your browser, click the link below.

Click here to download the Flash Player

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When I click to zoom, nothing happens.

Be sure you are clicking the "+" or "-" buttons, not the indicator bars. There are four zoom levels.

How can I tell what plants I have when I print?

Before you print, click "View Plan." This will change all plants to outlines. Use the letter codes within each outline and the Plant Key (the last page of this Help document) to identify your plants.

My design prints too small.

Be sure you are using the Print button under the workspace, not your browser's print function.

  • Select a zoom level before placing items. The widest view (about 70 feet square) is best for placing large structures and trees. The next two levels down are best for shrubs and similarly sized structures. Use the closest zoom level (about 8 feet square) for placing flowers.
  • You can recognize general plant types by their shape and color. Evergreen plants are a darker shade of green. Flowers have scalloped edges. Shrubs have flattened teeth on their edges. Trees have points along their edges.
  • If you need a plant that isn't on any of the lists, use the generic version (for trees, shrubs, or vines), or select a flower that looks something like the plant you have in mind.
  • To size items accurately, drag them to the center of the workspace, then click the Info button on the item. (Click the item once if necessary to make the Info button appear.) Type in the desired dimensions, then click "Done." This process is best for representing the trees you have on your property already.
  • To create areas of groundcover, combine one or more Beds/Shapes items to create the shape you want. Color the shapes green to represent the groundcover. Beds/Shapes items can also be used to create driveways and sidewalks (colored gray) or mulched areas (color brown or red).

The codes below are used in the Plan View of your garden design. Use them to identify the plants you have selected.

ag - Ageratum
al - Allium
an - Anemone, Japanese
ar - Artemisia
arb - Arborvitae
art - Arborvitae, Eastern
as - Lily, Asiatic
ash - Ash, Green
at - Aster
auc - Aucuba
azl - Azalea
ba - Balloonflower
bam - Bamboo, Heavenly
bar - Barberry, Japanese
bb - Bachelor's Button
bc - Bloody Cranesbill
be - Bethlehem Sage
bee - Beech, European
bg - Begonia, Wax
bh - Bleeding Heart
bi - Iris, Bearded
bir - Birch, River
bl - Blanket Flower
bm - Blue Mist Shrub
box - Box, Common
br - Barrenwort, Young's
but - Butterfly Bush
ca - Calendula
cam - Camellia, Japanese
cb - Carpathian Harebell
ce - Celosia
cf - Coneflower, Purple
ch - Cheddar Pinks
chl - Cherrylaurel, Common
chy - Cherry, Flowering
cl - Bellflower
cm - Columbine, Hybrid
cn - Coneflower, Orange
co - Coleus
cot - Cotoneaster, Rockspray
cp - Coreopsis, Threadleaf
cr - Chrysanthemum, Garden
crb - Crabapple
crp - Crapemyrtle, Common
cry - Cryptomeria, Japanese
cs - Cosmos
cy - Century Plant
cyb - Cypress, Bald
cyp - Cypress, Leyland
da - Daffodil
dap - Daphne
de - Delphinium, Hybrid
dog - Dogwood, Red Osier
dwd - Dogwood, Flowering
dy - Daylily
euo - Euonymus, Winged
fa - False Blue Indigo
fcn - False Cypress, Nootka
fcy - False Cypress, Hinoki
fe - Ferns
fir - Fir, White
for - Forsythia, Border
fot - Fothergilla,Large
fri - Fringe Tree, White
frt - Firethorn, Scarlet
fx - Foxglove, Common
ga - Gazania
ge - Geranium
gin - Ginkgo
gl - Globe Amaranth
gol - Golden Raintree
gr - Grass, Ornamental
grd - Gardenia
gy - Gayfeather, Spike
he - Heuchera
hem - Hemlock, Canadian
hlo - Holly, Oregon Grape
hny - Honeylocust, Thornless
ho - Hollyhock
hol - Holly
hyd - Hydrangea
im - Impatiens
ir - Iris, Siberian
jas - Jasmine, Winter
jmp - Maple, Japanese
jnp - Juniper, Pfitzer
jo - Joe Pye Weed
jun - Juniper, Creeping
kat - Katsura Tree
la - Lantana
le - Lamb's-Ears
lr - Lenten Rose
li - Lily-of-the-Valley
lil - Lilac
lin - Linden
lit - Lilac, Japanese Tree
lm - Lady's Mantle
lo - Lobelia
lok - Oak, Live
lor - Loropetalum, Chinese
lv - Lavender, Common
ma - Marigold
mag - Magnolia
map - Maple
mo - Bee-Balm
ne - Nepeta, Faassen
ni - Nicotania
oak - Oak
ole - Oleander
osm - Osmanthus, Fortune's
pag - Pagoda Tree, Japanese
pe - Petunia
per - Pear, Bradford
ph - Phlox, Garden
pie - Pieris, Japanese
pim - Pine, Mugo
pin - Pine
pn - Pincushion Flower
po - Poppy, California
py - Peony
pp - Poppy, Oriental
ptl - Potentilla
pw - Phlox, Woodland
px - Phlox, Annual
rdb - Redbud
rho - Rhododendron
ro - Rose, Hybrid
ros - Rose, Rugosa
rsh - Rose of Sharon
sa - Salvia
sd - Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
se - Sedge, Bowles
sh - Shasta Daisy
shr - Generic Shrub
ski - Skimmia, Japanese
snb - Snowbell, Japanese
sou - Sourwood
spb - Spirea, Bumaldi
spi - Spirea, Bridal Wreath
spr - Spruce
ste - Stewartia, Japanese
stj - St. John's Wort
su - Sunflower
sum - Summersweet
svc - Serviceberry, Downy
tre - Generic Tree
tu - Tulip
ve - Verbena, Rose
vi - Viola, Horned
vib - Viburnum, Doublefile
vik - Viburnum, Koreanspice
vin - Generic Vine
vr - Virginia Bluebells
wch - Witchhazel, 'Arnold Promise'
wei - Weigela, Old-Fashioned
wlo - Willow
ya - Yarrow
yew - Yew
zi - Zinnia

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