Normally, I always draw out my landscape plans by hand. I love doing them this way. They are more aesthetically pleasing. Really, like a piece of art. And more fun for me to do rather than using a computer program. However, there are some aspects of landscape and design that a 3D model is much more useful. And fun to do for a change, too.
Like this one I have been working on for a client.
A design plan for a pergola. The 3D Model is nice here because it has a more engaging design and much easier to see the proportions (like with my lovely virtual model standing here). It also ensures that the client and I understand the intentions perfectly.
And another one for the same project:
You get the full effect here with raised planter boxes, pergola, arbor and fencing and various levels and heights of each.
Then, the inspiration photos for the project. I like using these with the models because it adds life and personality.
Here, the raised planter boxes:
See the fence here:
And the arbor:
The whole thing fits together so nicely, and the models help with scale and proportion. So fun to see it all come together.