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 - use a stored attribute to hold text indicating species

gCADPlus allows the use of symbols with attributes. Using a symbol with attributes allows text identifying the symbol to be filled in via the properties box. Attribute text can be placed on its own layer allowing control over visibility. The attribute edit command allows editing of the position and text content.

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

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