Plant Label Wizard
The Plant Label Wizard is used to automatically label every
plant in a landscape design. These labels appear only in the Plan view, and can
be adjusted as needed after they are added. The Plant Label Wizard is a valuable
timesaver, especially when working with large and complex landscape designs.
The wizard allows you to determine how the plant labels
appear by modifying the label placement, the font size and style, and the
information that is included with the labels.
The Plant Label Wizard can be used as many times as is
necessary; running the wizard a second time will simply replace all of the
previous labels with new labels. The wizard adds labels into a layer named
Auto Plant Labels; this layer is created automatically if needed. We
recommend only using this layer for labels which are added using the wizard.
To add plant labels using the Plant Label Wizard:
Click Tools and Plant Label Wizard.
Click the Next button; the dialog shown below will appear.
Include the common name in the label.
Include the botanical name in the
Include the plant key in the label. Click
Options to customize how the plant keys are generated. See Generating
Plant Keys, below, for details.
Include the plant quantity in the
Add plant picture
Use a label which includes a picture
of each plant type.
If the Add plant picture option
is checked, then you can customize how large each plant picture is.
Select which label style you would like to
use: either placed at the edge of your design with leader lines, or centered
over the plants.
Maximum distance between identical plants
how far apart plants of the same type need to be in order to avoid being
grouped. See below for more details.
Add to left/right side
Determine whether the plant
labels are added to the left of your landscape design, to the right, or to both
sides. This option is only used when adding labels to the edge of your
Distance from left/right edge
Determine the margin
between the edge of your landscape design and the plant labels. This option is
only used when adding labels to the edge of your design.
Set the desired plant label options and click the Next button.
Click the Finish button to complete the wizard.
The following is an example of the Leader lines from
The following is an example of the Centered over
plants option. The plant key options were set to the format "a,b,a1,b1" and
the Plant Legend was customized to show the
plant key in the first column.
Generating Plant Keys
You can choose to use the existing plant keys, or generate
new keys automatically. Generating new keys is especially useful when using
placing labels over the plants using the Centered over plants option.
Caution: When generating new plant keys, the
existing keys will be overwritten. This is only a concern if you have entered
custom values for the Key property in one or more plants.
Using the “Maximum distance between identical plants”
The Maximum distance between identical plants option
helps you control how many plant labels are added. For example, the landscape in
the picture below includes three Tea Olive plants that are approximately 6 feet
apart. During the Plant Label Wizard, the Maximum distance between identical
plants option was set to 5 feet. Notice how each plant has a plant
The picture below shows the same landscape design but with
the Maximum distance between identical plants option set to 10 feet,
resulting in the three Tea Olives being given a grouped label.
Customizing the Plant Labels
The first time you use the wizard in a particular landscape
design, the plant labels will be created using the default font, line style, and
other properties. You can then edit the labels and change their appearance as
To customize the appearance of the plant labels after
using the wizard for the first time:
Use the wizard to add plant labels.
Click one of the labels to select it.
Click Edit, Select, and then Select Similar. Or, press the
L key. This will select all of the plant labels.
Change the font, line style, and other properties as desired.
When you make changes to your design, you can re-run the
wizard and update the plant labels. When you do this, don't delete the old plant
labels -- let the wizard do it. The wizard will use the font, line style, and
other properties from the first label in the Auto Plant Labels layer, and
automatically apply these to the new labels. The old labels in the Auto Plant
Labels layer will then be replaced with the new ones.
Preventing Labels for Certain Plants
If you wish to prevent certain plants from receiving labels
from the Plant Label Wizard, then adjust the Advanced Object Properties
as explained below. Alternately, after using the Plant Label Wizard, simply
delete the unwanted plant labels. This is useful for when you wish to display
plant labels for new plants, but not for plants that already exist on your
To prevent the wizard from adding labels for certain
Select each of the plants that you do not wish to receive automatic plant
labels. See Selecting objects for
Click Edit and Advanced Object Properties.
Click the Include in Project Material List option to uncheck it and then
click the OK button.
Important: This will also prevent the selected plants
from appearing in the Project
Material List and the Plant Legend.
you want every plant in your landscape design to have its own label, then set
the Maximum distance between identical plants value to a very high
number. See above for more details.
automatic plant labels that are added using the Plant Label Wizard can be edited
normally. The labels are not strictly connected to the corresponding plants,
meaning you can delete a label without affecting the plant.
labels that are added using the Plant Label Wizard can be undone normally,
meaning that if you wish to undo the wizard’s changes, just click Edit
Adding a Label
Adding a Plant Label
Adding a Plant Legend
Adding a Plant
Adding Plan Detail