Adding a Plant
One of the key features of Realtime Landscaping Plus is its
immense plant database. Thousands of plants are included that are used in
landscape designs across the world.
To add a plant:
the Add Plant button found near the top of the screen under the
the image of the default plant that appears to the right of the screen, and then
select the plant you would like to use.
on your design where you want to place the plant. Hold the Ctrl key to
add more than one.
The picture below shows a landscape design using a variety of
Plant Types: Models and Pictures
Two types of plants are available: models and pictures. The
plant models are 3D plants that sway in the wind during walkthroughs, and the
plant pictures are 2D images of real plants that have been photographed.
Using the Choose Artwork dialog
The Choose Artwork dialog appears when you want to choose a
plant from the plant selection. Plants are organized by categories, such as
Shrubs, Tropical, and Trees, and also by planting zones, common names, botanical
names, mature ages, and mature heights.
If you want to search for a specific plant, click the
Search button. For details, see Searching for Plants.
Setting a Plant’s Starting Age
The starting age of a plant is set to a default value when
the plant is first added to your landscape design. The starting age can be
changed as needed to modify the height and width of the plant. In the picture
below, a Pyracantha is shown at 3 and 4 years.
The actual age of a plant is the sum of the plant’s
starting age and the Plant Growth setting. For example, if a landscape design
has an existing arborvitae that is five years old, the Starting Age property
should be set to 5 years.
To see how each plant will grow over time, use the Plant
Growth setting. For details, see Setting Plant
Note: The plant growth is estimated based on plant growth
formulas, the plant’s mature age, and the plant’s mature height. Since other
factors influence growth, such as soil conditions and climate, it is recommended
to contact your local nursery for more exact sizing information.
Creating Custom Plants
The library of plants can be expanded using the Picture Import Wizard. To create a custom
plant variation based on the currently selected plant, use the Plant Creation Wizard.
Searching for Plants
Picture Import Wizard
Model Import Wizard
Plant Creation Wizard
Model Creation Wizard
Setting Object Properties