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 - incorporate some marker text in a symbol
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.