Landscape design & build for Bellevue

Yardzen designs everywhere in the U.S. and the Bellevue area is one of our favorites. Perched on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, Bellevue offers quick access to (and a welcome escape from) Seattle’s bustle.

Bellevue front yard with walk way and plants on both sides

Dubbed the “City in the Park”, Bellevue boasts a strong outdoor culture, thanks in no small part to its close proximity to water and mountain recreation. The city is imbued with nature, with conifers and verdant undergrowth sprouting up virtually everywhere it can. Stunning views of the lake and nearby Cascade Mountains don’t hurt, either.


All this plus excellent schools, a mild climate, and a robust parks system, and it’s no wonder why Bellevue consistently ranks highly on lists of best places to live in the U.S.

Design & Build

Whatever your landscape vision may be, Yardzen is ready to make it a reality, working with you to craft a landscape design that achieves the look, feel, and function you are dreaming of, then connecting you with a vetted contractor from Yardzen’s Pro Network to get your design built.



How Yardzen Works

Simple and thorough online process

Take a style quiz, share videos and photos of your existing outdoor space, and learn about the costs in our Yard Builder™ tool. Our design team will help you at every step of the process.


The easiest path to a final design you’ll love

Review your first design in our online Feedback Studio. You’ll be able to share feedback before we start incorporating your changes. A live design review call is also available to help get your project ready for installation.


Built by someone you (and Yardzen) trusts

We’ll translate your 3D design concepts into a detailed CAD plan that’s ready to install. Next, we’ll connect you to a vetted, Bellevue area landscape contractor who can bring your dream yard to life.


Custom designs for your unique outdoor space

We've built a database of plants, trees, and groundcovers that match to Bellevue’s planting zones, sun/shade/water requirements, aesthetic, and essential features like native plants. Using satellite and aerial imagery, coupled with your photo, video, and factoring in your details, we can create the outdoor space of your dreams.



Take our YardBuilder quiz to find out.

1. Tell us about your unique outdoor space

2. Answer a few questions about your dream yard

3. Get a personalized design package recommendation

Bellevue backyard patio with shade


What are popular design styles in Bellevue?

Bellevue has a mixed housing stock, ranging from grand homes to more modest single-family houses, to modern townhomes. Landscape designs run a similar gamut, but overwhelmingly favor a natural aesthetic that echoes the regional landscape.

Native plants are popular, evidence of the community’s strong environmental ethic.

What are some favorite plant species in Bellevue?

Of the many wonderful natives available for use in landscape designs, here are a few outstanding options:

Vine maple


Vaccinium ovatum

Dicentra formosa

→ Amelanchier alnifolia

For those looking to branch beyond the local, here are some tried-and-true introduced species that perform well in Seattle:

→ Japanese maple

→ Pieris japonica

→ Heuchera cultivars


And for those looking to include a nod to the regional conifers but lacking the space for a full-size tree, there is a wide range of dwarf conifers available, including cultivars of cypress, arborvitae, and spruce.

I have a set budget. How do you keep my design inside of it?

At the beginning of the Yardzen design process, you’ll go through our propriety Yard Builder™ exercise to help you understand what configuration of hardscape, softscape, and exterior elements will work in your outdoor space, and at what budget. With that knowledge, you’ll share your all-in budget with your design team. (For people who plan to phase their build out, as many of our clients do, this is the budget for all phases.) Your designer will then create your design with that number in mind. However, there are always variables — like the materials and plant sizes you ultimately choose — that can bring down costs. When we match you with a contractor, budget is usually where that conversation starts. We believe budget needs to be a central part of the process for us to deliver a design you can implement. Please note we recommend a minimum budget of $15,000 to take advantage of our contractor matching services.

What factors do I need to pay attention to with Bellevue landscapes?

The damp climate makes drainage a factor that Bellevue landscapes must accommodate. Cover slopes with planting to control erosion and stabilize soil. Minimizing erosion will protect local waterways and help capture pollutants on site.

Frequent rain also raises maintenance challenges. Stormwater management techniques – namely, using impermeable surfaces to channel and capture runoff in designated areas – can recharge groundwater while minimizing the mess that unchecked stormwater can create.

When should I get started on my landscape project?

Now! Any time of year is great to begin work on a landscape project.

Utilizing the winter to work through the design phase sets you up to get on contractors’ books early in the build season, so you can have your design installed and ready to enjoy in time for summer.

Bellevue house with wooden fence and a patio with trellis and hanging lights


Locals know that there is nothing like those long, warm, summer nights in Bellevue, and this small backyard sets the scene for one of those magical evenings. Learn more about the pricing for this backyard in our Guide to Landscaping Costs.



Highly suggest Yardzen. The online process made everything super easy and efficient. Thank you to the entire Yardzen team.

Shannon M., Yardzen client

Yardzen creates local landscape designs in and around Bellevue:

Algona, Auburn, Beaux Arts Village, Black Diamond, Bothell, Burien, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Newcastle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Shoreline, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point.

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