Best Garden Design Apps of this year

The best garden design apps can help you to make the most of your outdoor space.

Nowadays, we have the good fortune of gardening apps that provide tips, information and tools on how to get the best out of your plants.

On Google Play Store and the App Store, there is an explosion of apps to help budding gardeners – so, here we will look at the best three available apps for growing the garden you want and love.

Best Garden Design Apps UK

Despite the awful weather in the UK, gardening is a massive pastime with many folks interested in the idea of building their dream garden.

However, to successfully create a garden plan, sometimes you need help, pointers and advice. It also requires good background knowledge of certain things, such as seasonal plants and soil PH.

Garden design is the art and development of designing plans to improve gardens and landscapes,

The good news is that garden design can be done by the owner of the garden or by a professional landscaper – it really depends on your needs and the needs of the garden.

A great gardening app provides you with clear and concise guides on how to improve your plants. Landscape design apps have increased in popularity in recent years, with many options available.

It also contains features that allow you to place items and see what your garden would look like rather than relying on imagination. Here’s a few of the best ones available.

Garden Tags


Although not technically a landscape/garden design app, this app has some excellent features in helping plan your garden that other garden design apps fail at.

Garden Tags is an app that has grown in popularity online amongst the gardening community, it is easy to use and flexible.

On the app, there is a large community of gardeners that are always willing to help you out with information, answer questions and give advice and tips when growing your garden to the best of your ability.

The app gives the option to keep a journal by taking photographs of your plants.

When you add a new plant to your journal you can access the encyclopedia to get more information on the plant you have uploaded.

In the online resource, there are roughly 18,000 species of plants, which isn’t the largest library available on this kind of app, but it is still substantial.

Within the encyclopaedia, there is information on how to grow the specific plant over the seasons, so they flourish no matter the weather.

There are many features on this app that are handy for novice gardeners, such as identification of pests, plant diseases, and identification of species.

Available: – On iOS and Android platforms for users.


iScape is an app for landscaping gardens, it works similarly to artificial intelligence apps of its kind. There are a few options to choose from in terms of what you wish to create, and it makes great use of augmented reality to help identify garden tasks.

In this app, you take a picture of your garden then you can use the app to add trees, plants, paths, and anything else you would like to see in your garden.

iScape has a premium version of the app that offers features such as a larger plant library more image downloads and archives but it isn’t the best value for money.

If it is a DIY project you are doing, the free version is more than enough to get you on your way to creating the garden you want.

This app is fun and easy to use, even if you aren’t doing any serious overhauls like actually wanting to change your entire garden. It’s great to just see what you could do if you wanted.

I wouldn’t recommend it over using actual landscaping software though, because for the price you pay, you can get much better professional alternatives. You can read our full iScape review here.

Available:- iOS only.

Our favourite – SmartDraw


SmartDraw is a landscape design app that makes it easy to share your designs amongst peers and clients as well as being user-friendly.

This app offers a ton of features you may find useful when designing your garden for the first time.

SmartDraw allows the user to build landscape plans and specs for gardens, decks, backyards, and patios as well as a plethora of other areas of your garden.

It’s a professional design tool that can be used by a novice or a pro garden designer.

The software can be used for a house or any other kind of structure which is something you don’t find with apps like iScape.

The app contains templates and free company support as well as a gallery of landscaping icons to name a few features.

If you are using this software as part of your business, then multiple people can work on the same project at the same time by using the shared folder option.

This overall is the best landscaping app I have come across so far because it is super easy to use, and it allows you to share your projects easily with others.

Available: On iOS, Android, and Desktop and it offers a free trial for those that are unsure whether it is going to be helpful for them or not.


In conclusion, whatever your gardening needs – be it landscaping design, making plans for your garden and overlays to see what would look good where, or identifying the best plants to put in the ground depending on what season you are in, these three apps have it all.

Garden Tags is great for those of us that have no prior knowledge when it comes to gardening and that lack a green thumb. It’s perfect for simple landscape designs creating their own garden journal.

It is full of helpful people in the gardening community, allows you to identify plants and other flora materials as well as gives you information on the best things to plant depending on the season and weather in your location.

iScape is really great for designers looking to put a little creativity back into their lives, it does have the pitfall of it only being available on iOS devices although iScape plan on rolling it out for Android users in the future.

It is a little on the expensive side considering it isn’t professional landscaping software, so personally, I wouldn’t recommend it for really big projects.

SmartDraw is a great balanced app, with templates and free advice for companies as well as the multi-person project option.

This app has to take the top because it is available on iOS, Android and desktop and have a really nice free trial to get you into the features – it’s the perfect landscaper’s companion.

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