Best online tools and apps for designing your garden

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Looking for a little inspiration when it comes to revitalising your garden? Just moved into a new home and wondering how to get to grips with the outdoor space? Get a little help from the experts by downloading one of the best garden design apps or online tools and you’re sure to be on your way to a glorious garden in no time. 

Whether you’ve got green fingers or you’re simply looking for a few landscaping tips that will brighten up your garden, there are plenty of apps and sites available to help.

Online inspiration for great gardens

The next time you’re thinking about giving your garden a makeover, be sure to have a go in a virtual environment first. Sites such as Plantify offer some really excellent free tools for keen gardeners. For example, their online planning guide can help you choose the right types of plant for specific areas in your garden. It also allow you to design or re-design your garden no matter what the size and how big your budget. A charming alternative is My Garden from Gardena. This simple and creative online application lets you draw and plan your garden while adding a nice, hand-drawn feel to your plans. You’re sure to feel inspired after half an hour of experimenting.

Better Homes and Gardens also have a handy in-browser app designed to let you try out a variety of different garden designs on your computer screen. A simple drag and drop interface means you can change your designs at the drop of a hat and save your favourite versions to look at again later. Another good online tool can be found at Marshalls. Its free Garden Visualiser software is especially good if you’re planning on landscaping your garden and lets you add a wide selection of paving, block paving, walling, edging and even planting to your design.

Best garden design apps for your tablet or smartphone

Let advances in technology give you a helping hand with your garden. If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet, you’ll also have access to a huge variety of garden design apps. Earth Easy has gathered a list of its favourite garden apps for Android devices, including everything from beginner’s guides to sophisticated expert gardening solutions. If you have an iPad, you can check out the apps recommended by Gardenista. You’re sure to find one or two to offer you just the inspiration you need to redesign your outdoor space.

One of the sleekest and most successful apps available on both platforms is Garden Designer. It’s very easy to use and offers 600 different items to choose from when you’re creating your virtual garden plan. It also has a really nifty photos feature that allows you to superimpose your plan over a picture of your actual garden – ideal for helping you decide whether your plan perfectly matches your vision or not. Give your garden the attention it deserves with the help of clever online tools and apps.

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