Landscape designers use a variety of methods to indicate the particular species associated with a symbol. A number are illustrated below.

Simple method - use a piece of text as a code

Labelling plants #1

Steps (a):
Create a new symbol or insert one from the gCADPlus library,
Start the single line text command,
Type a code for species and place the text in a suitable position.
Steps (b):
If required, move the text to a new position and draw a line from the text to the symbol.
Steps (c):
Alternatively, use Dimension>Leader to label the plant symbol
Tip: Many different leader types are possible, two examples are shown in the figure.
Type the codes used into a table along with the botanical and species names of the plants and a count to make a plant schedule.

More complex method 1 - use some type of marker to indicate species

Some designers will use a restricted set of plant symbols - perhaps no more than 6 - and use those symbols again. By placing a numbered circle in each to indicate species. A table of numbers is used as the key to species.

Labelling 02

Again, the codes used are typed into a table along with the botanical and species names of the plants to form a planting schedule.

More complex method 2 - incorporate some marker text in a symbol

Select a symbol and right click to edit.. Use the text option to place text. Adjust the position and text content. Control visibility by layer if needed.

More complex method 3 - associate a plant database file with the drawing and relate species by a unique symbol

This is the standard method of producing an automated plant schedule in gCADPlus. A different symbol is used to indicate each species in the plan resulting in a plant schedule as shown below. In this example, simple shapes have been used to create plant symbol blocks -  two symbols only come from the gCADPlus library.
plant list
Make new plant symbols or use symbols from the gCADPlus library.
Attach a plant list (.gcp file)
Set each symbol to a record in the list,
Run make a plant schedule (list) [species identified by unique symbol]
Respond to prompts.
If required, copy red dot marker to position as an extra identifier.

More complex method 4 - use broad scale labeling

Use same symbol and link each plant in a group, but associate different species each time. 


The gCADPlus routine to label as shown above, pick the code from and associated .gcp file. Users are given two options - labelling multiple symbols as shown above and labelling a single species. the routine concludes by stamping the number of plants in the group, a period, followed by the code taken from the .gcp file.

These are some of the many ways designers label plants in a landscape design.

Labeling plant symbols