One of the pitfalls of using Areas as planting areas is that Areas do not have any 3d representation. This can become an even bigger issue if you want to create a rendering that shows the plants in those Areas.
But with Dynamo, you can automatically place individual Planting components in their respective Areas based on their spacing and types.
I tested this out on a very small Area Plan.
Additionally, I only selected five Areas for this test run. I would recommend caution if you want to try placing hundreds (or thousands) of plantings using this method. It seems to eat up a fair bit of memory (so save often).
But this run took less than 30 seconds…
Here is the final definition. The main inputs are all parameters, including the Area spacing and the Area and Planting keys (to match the Plantings to the Areas).
It also requires a few Clockwork and Landform nodes. A couple of the Landform nodes have just been added/updated today, so make sure you have the most recent version.
Alternatively, you could also select all of the Areas using All Elements of Category…
However, if you do this, make sure that you have all of the Planting types to match (otherwise the Plantings will not map correctly).