Landscape design & build for Long Island

Yardzen designs everywhere in the U.S. and Long Island is one of our favorite places. Beaches, vineyards, fall color, and room to breathe – Long Island has much to offer, especially for people looking for a break from city life.

Long Island front yard with lawn, plants and concrete paver pathway with path lighting

Among the island’s many charming communities you’ll find classic suburban communities, grand estates, and humble beach cottages, along with some spectacular opportunities to wine, dine, bask in nature, or simply relax.

Being an island, winter chill and summer heat are kept from getting too extreme by the insulating effect of the ocean, and residents gamely brave the elements all year long, whether sunbathing or ice skating.

Local Style

Landscape designs in Long Island tend toward the traditional, in both formal and informal expressions. Nature makes its presence known as well, through ubiquitous green and abundant tree coverage.

Outdoor Living

Landscape design can make the most of what Long Island has to offer. Be it providing shade from the summer sun, a warm nook for enjoying the cooler seasons, or simply a stronger sense of connection with the gorgeous surrounding landscape, Yardzen has done it all for our clients.

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, Long Island 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 Long Island’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


Long Island side yard with string lights over concrete patio fire pit seating area, outdoor kitchen, flower beds and trees


What design styles are popular with Long Island homeowners?

Long Island landscapes are overwhelmingly traditional. The more formal examples, common especially to larger estates, call upon sculpted hedges, symmetrical evergreen accents, and monolithic floral rows.

More casual landscapes embrace a cottage feel, with highly intermixed bursts of flowers, shaggy foliage, and stepping stone paths. Flowers are presented with restraint – large blocks of white are more common than mixed displays of bolder color. Green dominates the scene. Elements of the natural landscape mingle with designed features – regional maples, birches, oaks, and other trees make for excellent specimens.

In many communities, large, manicured lawns are common, often complemented by foundation plantings of stately shrubs and occasional pops of floral color. Privacy is prized, especially on larger properties, with hedges often buffering houses from streets.

What are popular features in Long Island landscapes?

Landscape designs in Long Island embrace outdoor living, frequently featuring outdoor kitchens and dining, as well as flexible lounge spaces designed to adapt to a variety of events, from family dinners to football parties.

Swimming pools are a prized resource, as are pergolas, canopy trees, and water features, all of which offer means to manage the muggy summer weather.

Surprisingly, fire pits and hot tubs – also popular landscape elements – are also great amenities for beating the heat, offering a fun activity for a cool outdoor evening. Both work double-duty, providing a heat source to keep you outside even when the weather turns cold.

Should I use plants native to Long Island in my landscape?

No matter where you live, native plants are an excellent choice for your landscape. As lovers of the local climate, native plants typically require fewer inputs of water, fertilizer, and maintenance than species introduced from elsewhere. With natives, you’ll get great plant performance with less expense and fuss.

At the same time, native plants offer unmatched habitat value for local wildlife and help designed landscapes feel connected to the broader regional landscape.

Looking for a few natives to get you started? Canadian serviceberry, sugar maple, gray birch, lady fern, butterfly milkweed, purple coneflower, winterberry, and highbush blueberry are all popular options.

What are top considerations for Long Island landscapes?

Climate tolerance is the primary concern when selecting plants for a Long Island landscape. Plants must be able to tolerate the significant swing from the summer heat and humidity to winter chill and snow. Deciduous and herbaceous plants are common within these conditions.

Don’t forget to consider winter interest. Look for plants that bloom late in the fall and early in the spring. Incorporate trees and shrubs with colorful or architectural branches. Be considerate with the placement of evergreens such that they can command the scene when other plants are in winter dormancy.

When should I start my landscaping project?

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

When possible, we suggest utilizing the winter to work through the design phase – this 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.

If winter has passed, don’t worry, it’s never too late in the year to begin work on a landscape design project.

Long Island front yard with concrete paver patio seating area, and fire place, with surrounding floral garden


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:

Albertson, Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Bayville, Bellmore, Bethpage, Carle Place, Cedarhurst, East Meadow, East Norwich, East Rockaway, Elmont, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Great Neck, Greenvale, Hempstead, Hewlett, Hicksville, Inwood, Island Park, Jericho, Lawrence, Levittown, Locust Valley, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Merrick, Mill Neck, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Oceanside, Old Bethpage, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Plainview, Point Lookout, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, Sea Cliff, Seaford, Syossez, Uniondale, Valley Stream, Wantagh, West Hempstead, Westbury, Williston Park, Woodbury, Woodmere, Amagansett, Amityville, Aquebogue, Babylon, Bay Shore, Bayport, Bellport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Bridgehampton, Brightwaters, Brookhaven, Calverton, Center Moriches, Centereach, Centerport, Central Islip, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Copiague, Coram, Cutchogue, Deer Park, East Hampton, East Islip, East Marion, East Moriches, East Northport, East Quogue, East Setauket, Eastport, Farmingville, Fishers Island, Great River, Greenlawn, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Huntington Station, Islandia, Islip, Islip Terrace, Jamesport, Kings Park, Lake Grove, Laurel, Lindenhurst, Manorville, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Mattituck, Medford, Melville, Middle Island, Miller Place, Montauk, Moriches, Mount Sinai, Nassau County, Nesconset, New Suffolk, North Babylon, Northport, Oakdale, Ocean Beach, Orient, Patchogue, Peconic, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Quogue, Remsenburg, Ridge, Riverhead, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Saint James, Sayville, Selden, Shelter Island, Shelter Island Heights, Shirley, Shoreham, Smithtown, Sound Beach, South Jamesport, Southampton, Southold, Speonk, Stony Brook, Upton, Wading River, Wainscott, Water Mill, West Babylon, West Islip, West Sayville, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Wyandanch, and Yaphank