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
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.
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 - use a stored attribute to hold text indicating species
If this method is used, it is better to associate attributes to symbols that have already been sized so there is no variation in text height. Later versiond of gCADPlus will have a tool to pick up an attribute from a symbol and place text where required using a number of different leader types while still allowing control over text height.
More complex method 3 - associate a plant database file with the drawing and relate species by a unique symbol
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.