Tech Hottips: Landscaping Design Apps

Taking the “Edge”ing off Landscaping

 Emily Zampardi  |    April 03, 2015

Whether you are dealing with a new build, a vacant property or a home that just needs a little outdoor TLC, developing a landscaping plan can feel like an overwhelming task, even to the most ambitious do-it-yourselfers. The following apps offer some creative inspiration and innovative tools to make the task a bit more manageable.


The creators of iScape knew that coming up with the concept for a landscape plan can be very difficult, but that explaining that vision to a homeowner or designer can be equally challenging. This user-friendly app helps you to do both. Simply take a photo of the actual property with your phone and design over the top of it using a variety of real images of landscape and gardening elements available in the app’s database. The realistic final rendering makes visualizing the end result much easier, and gives you a much better idea about what type of landscaping would work well for your property before any money is spent! iScape is available for download for $9.99. A free version is available with limited features to offer a “test drive” of the full version as well as in-app purchases for more advanced options. The Elite version, which offers even more advanced design capabilities, is aimed at professional designers and serious gardeners and is available by renewable subscription only. Learn more about this app at

Landscaping design ideas

If it’s creative inspiration you are looking for, then Landscaping Design Ideas might be the app for you. This free app offers access to a large collection of amazing outdoor space images to give you hundreds of ideas for your project. Are you looking at adding a garden pond or structure? A patio? A rock garden? Or maybe a waterfall? This app has all you need to get your ideas flowing. Plus, you can save the images to your phone for easy reference later on. Learn more about this app or download it here.

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