Using Terrain Walls to Create Solid Hedges

Reference Number: KB-00880
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


I would like to create a continuous hedge to create a fence around my lot.  How can I do that in Home Designer?


While there are a variety of tools available for creating a hedge in your plan, such as by placing Plants from the Library Browser, the easiest of these are the Terrain Wall tools, as they will follow the contours in the terrain.  In this example, we will show you how to place, edit, and apply a material to a terrain wall to create a solid hedge.

To create a continuous hedge

  1. First, launch your Home Designer software and open the plan in which you want to place the hedge.

  2. Next, select Terrain> Walls and Curbs> Straight Terrain Wall  and click and drag in your 2D floor plan view to create your initial terrain wall.

    Continue drawing in all of your Terrain Walls approximately where you would like your hedges placed.  You can leave spaces in between these to allow for openings.

  3. Once you have finished placing all of your terrain walls, select one and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display its specification dialog.

  4. On the General panel, for the purposes of this example, increase both the Width and the Height of the terrain wall.

    Change the Width to be 24" and the Height to be 72"

  5. Next, select the Materials panel and click on Terrain Path so that the Select Material button becomes active and click on it to display the Select Library Object dialog.

  6. Navigate to an appropriate material for your hedges.

    For the purposes of this example, browse to Materials> Landscaping> Grass & Ground Covers> Ivy 3

    If you want to import a material from an outside source for your hedges, make sure that it will tile well once applied to the terrain wall's surface.

  7. Once you have completed making your changes, click OK to exit the dialog and repeat the process for any other unconnected Terrain Wall segments in the plan.

  8. Lastly, take a 3D Full Camera  view to see the results.