Garden Planner Backyard

I never found a software program that allowed me to quickly design vegetable and flower beds in a true-to-scale format until this Garden Planner Software. I usually drag out the graph paper and painstakingly draw my flower beds and vegetable gardens with colored pencils. It takes hours!

The garden planner software was a bargain at Amazon.com at only $0.92. Yes, I said less than $1 dollar. I thought, “It must be garbage.” But I was pleasantly surprised after the download to find it is easy to use and I recreated my backyard diagram in the software program within 30 minutes. My actual existing backyard garden is pictured above using the Garden Planner Software.

Cold weather that isn’t suitable for planting happens every year regardless of where you live. Orlando, Florida, received its first cold spell on January 25, and we had a hard freeze this weekend. The temperatures dropped into the 30s, and many of my tropical plants came under threat.

I start planning for what the next Spring will look like in the yard on these nights.

One way I typically plan for my future gardens is to lay out on graph paper my goals. I decided to modernize the process this year. I didn’t want to spend all my seedling funds on software, but I found this software works perfectly and it is a bargain.

Garden Planner 101: What is staying.


My backyard scores 75 to 80 on a scale from 1 to 100. However, I bought fabulous plants, shrubs, and bushes with no idea where to plant them. For example, I love agapanthus. I planted it all around my mailbox under a tree canopy. It grew large and spawned dozens of new bulbs, but it never bloomed because agapanthus needs sun to bloom.

Step #1 in my 2022 garden design is relocating some plants to places they will thrive. My crinum lily collection needs to be thinned and redistributed. The caladium bulbs grow well anywhere, making a significant impact when planted together.

The garden has good bones. Crepe Myrtles, a staple in the southern landscape, and palm trees anchor the backyard. Several azaleas, hydrangea, hibiscus, and gardenia are well-established and form the basic framework.

Adding color with annuals.

The garden planner allows me to paint color easily into my backyard landscape. I can test out a color palette and easily swap different plants. I don’t have to invest hundreds of dollars into pink impatiens this year, only to realize red would work better with my other plants. This garden planner software helps me make the best choice before buying flowers at the garden center.

My flowering bushes are all in a pink tone, dark and pale pinks. The powder blue hydrangea and a bright white gardenia add contrast. The agapanthus plants I am moving into the backyard are white and blue. The neglected colors in my pallet are yellow and red.

I plan to bring these annuals into my Zone 9B landscape:

  • Cosmos – Orange and Yellow
  • Salvia – Bright Pink
  • Sunflower – Chocolate and Red
  • Echinacea Warm Summer – Mixed reds and yellows

Supply Chain Frustrations for Gardeners

I was surprised that my first choice of plants and seeds had already sold out for the season. Most of the vegetable seed I wanted was available in mid-January when I placed my first order. But flowers, especially new hybrids, are already out of stock from multiple vendors. It could be that covid lockdowns are motivating many of us to make plans earlier this year. It could also be that home gardening is enjoying a renaissance because of the worldwide pandemic.

Get busy laying out your plans for your own garden now. It will lift your spirits and the garden planner will make it so much easier.

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