My wife and would like to renew 1980's landscape at out home in Shakopee. We prefer to do the work ourself for enjoyment and cost reasons. I am interested to know if you have design software that might represent potential design ideas that show plant type, spacing and functional groupings. This way we don't group the wrong plants together or group them the wrong way.
No, I'm sorry, but we don't have any resources like that. We do have many publications that address certain planting situations that may be helpful: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/
We also have a plant selection database found on our Landscaping webpage that enables you to select plants based on your site conditions with the goal to choose plants that will thrive, not just survive, in your yard and garden. You can find out more about this tool here: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/landscaping/
Lastly, we are teaching a 1-day workshop, co-hosted by the MN State Horticultural Society, on Nov. 11 here on the St. Paul campus on the basics of sustainable landscaping that you may want to attend. It's not posted yet, but ultimately you can read more about the class and register here: https://northerngardener.org/mshs-classes-and-workshops/