- Plant Manager Overview
- Categories and Groups (Subcategories)
- Shrub Areas vs. Groundcovers
- Placed and Unplaced Plants
- Copying a Plant
- Deleting a Plant
- Docking and Undocking the Plant Manager
- Creating a Mix of Multiple Seeds or Plant Species
- Related Webinars
The Plant Manager is your control center for compiling, organizing, and configuring the plant palette you'll use for a project. From the Plant Manager, you have the ability to add, edit, or delete plants from your planting palette. You can also view photos, assign details, place plants into a drawing, and create Plant Schedules.
Generic Plants vs. Concept Plants vs. Project Plants
We offer three basic ways of placing plants in your drawings, each with its own specific purpose in the design phase:
- Generic Plants are “dumb” plant blocks (that is, they have no data attached to them). Designing with Generic Plants is like designing the old way – just putting plant symbols in your drawing without assigning them to plants in a database. Essentially, they serve as placeholders until you’re ready to replace them with actual plants from our database using our Match Properties tool.
- You can use Concept Plants to complete a high-level conversation plan with the client before locking into your final plants. You can replace them with actual plants from our database when ready.
- The Plant Manager is for when you know the exact plants you want to use.
This page provides a general overview of the Plant Manager. For more detailed information on working with plants, see our separate pages on:
Plant Manager Overview
You have several options for selecting the Plant Manager:
F/X Planting ribbon, Planting flyout
Plant Manager toolbar
F/X Planting menu, Plant Manager option
or type ProjectPlants in the Command line
The Plant Manager for the current project will open.
1. Project Plants: Select a category of plants you want to add or edit. We offer four plant categories: Trees, Shrubs, Shrub Areas, and Ground Covers.
2. Placed and Unplaced Checkboxes: Check Placed to sort your plant palette with plants you have placed in your drawing at the top of the list. Click Unplaced to sort your plant palette with plants you have not placed in your drawing at the top of the list. More information >
3. Plants you have added to the project will be displayed in this large central pane. Note: If you have not yet added a plant to the current project, this pane will be blank.
4. Click <Dock to lock the Plant Manager into position off to the side of your AutoCAD interface. More information >
5. The Plant Action buttons:
- New: Add a plant to the project from our plant database.
- Edit: Select a plant in the list, then click this button to modify the selected plant's information in the project data. The type of information you can edit includes Plant Name, Plant Code, Remarks, Rootball/Plant Size, Symbol type and size, and the Detail that applies to this plant.
- Delete: Remove the selected plant from the project.
- Import: Import a plant, and all associated plant data, from another project.
- Copy: Make a duplicate of the currently selected plant. More information
- Highlight: Clicking this button will take you to Model Space and highlight the selected plant in the drawing, showing all instances of that plant in your drawing.
- Photo: Click this button to view images of the selected plant using Google Image Search.
- Detail: Associate a default detail with the plant.
6. Place a highlighted plant into the drawing.
7. Create a plant Schedule.
Double-Clicking to Place a Plant
We've added the capability of placing a plant straight from your plant palette in the Plant Manager. To place a plant, you can now double-click on the plant name in the list. You'll then be able to place the plant in your drawing.
Categories and Groups (Subcategories)
Project plants are organized into four categories:
- Shrub Areas
- Ground Covers
When you select one of these categories (example: Shrubs), the plants selected for that category will be displayed in the list.
Trees and shrubs are represented by individual symbols (blocks) in your drawings. Shrub Areas and groundcovers are depicted by hatches, with a single hatch representing a contiguous area that is planted with the same shrub or groundcover. For more information, see our Selecting Plant Symbols documentation.
If you want, you can assign plants within each of these categories to groups, or subcategories, using the menu pictured below. This example shows the available subcategories for the Trees category.
If you want, you can add your plant palette to these groups as needed. When you create and place a plant schedule, the groups will be listed separated in the schedule. When you place plants into the drawing, the plants will also be grouped by any groups you've used.
The groupings for any category are valuable if you specifically want those groups separate in the Plant Schedule. For example, if plants are added to the groupings of Trees as well as Palm Trees, the Plant Schedule will first list the trees and then list the palm trees under the Palm Trees heading.
Groupings are also valuable if you want to make placing plants easier by dividing your plant palette. For example, your shrubs may have the bulk of plants under the Shrubs category, but certain areas of the project will have shade plants or native shrubs. When you place some of these plants, you can go to that grouping and only see the plants in question.
Managing & Editing Plant Groups (Subcategories)
Plant groups are now fully customizable. You can add, edit, and delete groups for each plant category from within the Planting Preferences screen. If you want, you can create a different set of plant groups of each of your Preference Sets. For information and instructions, see the plant groups section of our Planting Preferences documentation.
Project-Specific Plant Groups
Want a plant group to be specific to a project? Here's how:
1. Open the project where you want to use the plant group, and add the group in the Planting Preferences.
2. For each plant you want in the group, add that plant to your project.
3. Delete the group from the Preference Set, again in the Planting Preferences. The group will remain in the project where you used it.
Importing Plant Groups from a Project Template
Our plant subcategories are available on a project-by-project basis, which means you won't be able to import your subcategories when importing plants from a project template. We have plans to engineer this ability into our software. In the meantime, you can follow our workaround instructions for bringing in plant subcategories from a template.
Shrub Areas vs. Groundcovers
Our Shrub Area and Groundcover plant categories both represent a group of plants with a hatch. However, these categories have a few important differences.
If you want to use a shrub in your design but don't want to place all of the individual shrubs, you can add the plant as a Shrub Area.
In this example, we've added the shrub Abronia fragrans as a Shrub Area.
When you place the Shrub Area, you'll have several options for the area's boundary (pictured to the left).
In this example, we'll select a zigzag line to serve as our Shrub Area boundary.
When you place the Shrub Area, it will appear as a hatch with the boundary style you selected.
The groundcover category is meant for plants that will become masses of plants – groundcovers.
In this example, we've added the grass Arrhenatherum elatius as a groundcover.
Groundcovers are represented as hatches, much like Shrub Areas. However, this category doesn't offer the option of selecting a linetype.
Also note that our Exclude Shrubs tool applies to plants you've added as Groundcovers but not those you've added as Shrub Areas.
Placed and Unplaced Plants
In previous versions, selecting Placed or Unplaced in the Plant Manager would limit the plant palette to only plants in the selected status. Selecting one of these options now simply reorganizes the plant palette in the manner shown below.
If you check the Placed check box, the plants from the selected category that HAVE BEEN PLACED into a drawing will be displayed at the top of the list under the Placed heading.
If you check Unplaced, the plants from the selected category that HAVE NOT BEEN PLACED into a drawing will be displayed at the top of the list under the Unplaced heading.
Copying a Plant
It's easy to make a copy of a plant you've already added to your project. Reasons to copy a plant include:
- Specifying multiple container sizes of the same plant
- Setting different symbol widths
- Changing a plant's code to reflect a new plant size
- Adding different remarks to different instances of a plant
To make a copy of a plant you've added to a project, highlight that plant in the Plant Manager and click Copy.
The following dialog box will open, giving you three options.
Same Code: Make a copy of the selected plant with the same plant code and plant symbol, but give the copy a new size.
New Code: Make a copy of the selected plant, giving it a new plant code and plant symbol.
Cancel: Do not make a copy of the selected plant.
The Plant Info dialog box will open, and you can make your desired changes to apply to the copy of the selected plant.
Depending on the changes you want to make to the copied plant, you can:
- Edit the Plant code field
- Change the Container/Rootball Size using the menu
- Click the Symbol thumbnail to give the copy a new symbol
You can also make changes to any of the other fields as necessary for the copied plant.
Click OK to save your changes and create the copy of the plant.
You'll now see a new entry in the Plant Manager for the copied plant.
In this example, we now have a new Abelmoschus esculentus entry with a container size of 10 gallons.
Because we changed the container size and not the plant code, the copied plant is listed without a code. If you change the plant's code, the copied plant will be listed with the new code you created.
To copy and place plants you've already placed in your drawing, see our Copy Plants documentation page.
Deleting a Plant
To delete a plant from your project, highlight the plant in the Plant Manager and click Delete.
Take care when deleting plants! When you delete a plant, all data associated with that plant, including its symbol, will be selected from your project.
Docking and Undocking the Plant Manager
We've added the capability to dock the Plant Manager to the side of your AutoCAD interface.
Clicking Dock will lock the Plant Manager to the left side of your interface.
You can then move it to the right or top of your screen, as well as configure other settings.
For detailed information on docking and undocking the Plant Manager, as well as configuring these settings, see our Docking the Plant Manager documentation page.
Creating a Mix of Seeds or Plant Species
We make it easy to create your own custom mixes of seeds, sods, grasses, or other plant species. You can do so by creating a Design Group in the Concept Plant Manager.
- Getting Started with Planting F/X: We'll give you a full tour of our F/X Planting ribbon, covering everything from adding, placing, and labeling plants to error checking, scheduling, and turning on our quick render tools. (1 hr)