Plant Elements of Design is an interactive CD-ROM program developed to support the landscape design process by providing designers, architects and garden center professionals the opportunity to select plants with specific characteristics. Plants are chosen based on plant type, height, width, texture, seasonal interest, and other characteristics, such as soil and light requirements.
486 or newer
RAM: 16 mg or more
Free HD: 10 mg or more
CD ROM drive
Windows 95, 98 or NT 4
Click on SEARCH tab to search for herbaceous or woody plants based on theirElements of design, such as height, width, plant type, texture, form, seasonal interest, flower color, use, insect/disease susceptibility, hardiness zones, or soil and light requirements.
Once the program provides you with a list of plants that match your criteria, SCROLL through them to VIEW plant data.
Color photographs are available for most plants.
Using the UPDATE MODE you can revise data or easily add new plants as they are released.
You can PRINT a single sheet for individual plants showing all the data for that plant along with available pictures.
You can also PRINT each chosen plant to an Excel spreadsheet to compile a plant list. Then, you can customize that spreadsheet to show the information in the format you choose. The customized spreadsheet can be printed and applied directly to a landscape design as a plant key.
Additional information on designing landscapes with plants using Plant Elements of Design available at www.sustland.umn.edu
the Department of Horticultural Science
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