In this stage, use the drawing tools to create custom shaped planters and planter curbs for your project. Planters always follow the slope of the terrain.
Planters must be placed correctly to show up properly in 3D. A planter may be drawn inside another shape, but it is important that the line of the planter does not cross the line of the other shape. This may cause the planter to show up incorrectly in 3D or not show up at all.
Depth: The depth box allows you to set the distance the planter will cut into the surface underneath it. If you set a negative depth, the planter will rise up from the surface.
To add a curb to the planter, select the planter to activate the Planter Curb button.
Insert Curb: Left-click the Insert Curb button. The curb will automatically snap to the edge of the planter. The curb will conform to the shape of the planter, bending around corners and curving around arcs.
Once the curb is placed, you can customize it with the curb options below.
Curb Length: This control will set the length of the curb.
Curb Width: This control will set the width of the curb.
Curb Sunken: This control will set how far the curb is sunken into the ground.
Profile: This button will open the library to Planter Curb Profiles. To apply a curb, left click the Insert One button or double left click on the Curb Profile name or preview picture. To remove the profile, press the “X” button
Curb Presets in Library
In the Library, you can quickly apply customizable presets of many popular curb styles.
Add a check-mark to the Planters Category to see the Curb Profiles List and preview picture of each available preset.
To apply a preset to your curb, left click the Insert One button or double left click on the preset name or preview picture.
Saving Presets to the Library
You can also save custom curb profiles as presets for future use.
First draw the new profile in the Custom Shapes Stage and then save it to the Planter Curb Profile Category in the Library.
The buttons located at the bottom of the Library allow you to save, edit and delete your custom Planter Curbs.
Raised planters may be created by combining shapes drawn in the Decks/Hardscapes and Planters Stages.
To create a raised planter, first draw the shape in the Decks/Hardscapes Stage and sent the height of the raised planter under Stage Options.
Next go to the Planters Stage and draw the planter shape inside the deck/hardscape shape. You can use the Line, Arc or Outline tool to draw this shape.
Once your planter shape is complete, set a depth under Stage Options. This will determine how much the planter cuts into the raised shape.
Note: The planter shape should be completely inside the deck/hardscape shape. The lines of the two shapes should not touch.
Change the material of your planter to dirt, rocks, mulch, or other options in the Material Stage.
Mulch and Planter Fill
To calculate Mulch or Planter fill, select a planter and choose Smart Data. Planter Fill volume assumes a 3" mulch depth.