Free 3D garden planners
In this section you will find a collection of 3D garden planners with which you can design your perfect garden layout, in both online versions and downloadable freeware. These planners are designed to be easy to use and they offer enormous numbers of plants and furniture items with which you can have fun organising your personal outdoors area. For a truly comprehensive selection and professional levels of details, however, we recommend you use a specialist professional 3D garden planner.
3D online garden planners
These planners are ones that you can use directly online in your browser without downloading anything to your own computer.
Yates garden planner
The Yates Virtual Garden free online planner has an extensive catalogue of items to be used in your design, from flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs to sheds, benches and tables and even includes fountains and ponds. The design elements come with articles and expert advice to help you get the best from each item, and helpful tips as well.
Yates garden planner 3D
BBC Virtual Garden 3D
The BBC Virtual Garden is a beautiful 3D garden planner that enables you to create the landscape for your new dream garden, placing the various elements as you want them and then displaying the result in three-dimensions to see how it should look in reality. This online 3D planner is not only free, it can be used without even registering on the site!
Launch Virtual Garden Planner
Marshalls garden planner
Marshalls' Garden Visualiser does exactly what it says – it is a sophisticated tool that enables you to see for yourself what your dream garden will look like when it is finished. The catalogue includes a wide selection of different paving and wall options as well as all the standard plant and furniture items, and allows you to create custom sets of less common things like steps and pillars as well – you can even add a representation of your actual house to see how it goes with the design.
Marshalls garden design tool online
3D downloadable freeware garden planners
Most of the garden planners listed here can be installed on your own computer for free, but we have included some that are made available just as demo versions or partially-freeware because there are so few fully free programs available.
Virtual-Garden garden planner
This garden designer program includes interactive articles that help with instructions in design principles as you work out how your own garden should look. It can produce a specific style for you, eg a traditional cottage garden, or let you work with a blank canvas from scatch, whilst helping you achieve specific design elements such as mystery and surprise with your design.
Download Virtual-Garden garden planner
Google SketchUp garden planner
You can produce 3D models of your garden designs with ease with the Google SketchUp Garden Designer – or even produce them for a client. Any size of plan can be created, from a simple deck to a multi-area acreage, and the program is very simple to use.
Launch Google SketchUp garden planner
Garden planning made easy
No matter which of these 3D garden planners you decide you want to use, it is very obvious that using one to put your dream garden plan together before starting to create it in reality is a good idea. That way, you find out what will and won't work in the plan, where it is much easier to correct any problems. Since these planners are offered for free, it makes sense to use them to create your initial garden plan.
Wanted – more 3D garden planners!
Have you discovered another 3D garden planner that isn't yet on our list, or perhaps you have made one available yourself? If so, please send us details and a link on our contact form so that we can add it to our collection!